A Bedford County resident and Republican activist has joined the race for Del. Lacey Putney’s seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Zach Martin, a 2012 Liberty University graduate who worked in Lynchburg-area Republican campaigns for at least four years, said Tuesday he will compete for the nomination in a GOP firehouse primary May 7.
Five, count ‘em, five. With longtime Botetourt County supervisor Terry Austin saying he, too, is running to succeed Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, in the state legislature, five men are now seeking the GOP nomination.
Del. Lacey Putney will not seek re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates, in which he has served for nearly 52 years.
Putney, I-Bedford County and chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday his tenure as the longest-serving legislator in Virginia history is coming to an end.
Two Botetourt County Republicans are seeking to succeed Del. Lacey Putney, the independent from Bedford who has served in the House of Delegates for the past 52 years.
Putney, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced his retirement Wednesday.
A third candidate announced Monday he will seek Del. Lacey Putney’s seat in the Virginia House of Delegates....
Bedford businessman Jim McKelvey joined two Botetourt County residents, Jim Crosby and Jerry Johnson, as candidates for the Republican nomination in a firehouse primary May 7.
Del. Lacey Putney may finally make his association with the Republican Party official.
Putney, a Bedford independent and Virginia's longest-serving legislator, said he will run as a GOP candidate if he seeks re-election this fall, according to an item posted on The Botetourt View, a Roanoke Times community publication.
Gov. Bob McDonnell paid an unpublicized visit to the office of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, on Wednesday amid legislative intrigue over the Senate redistricting plan and other looming votes on his ambitious education and transportation packages.
McDonnell said he came to the ninth floor simply to talk education with Putney, the most senior member of the 100-member House of Delegates, who caucuses with the Republican majority.
“Just a couple of different items on education,” McDonnell said when asked by two reporters about the visit.
Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, Virginia's longest-serving legislator, has resumed a normal work schedule this week as he continues to recover from a minor stroke that he said he suffered during a holiday vacation in Mexico.