Saturday, February 28, 2009
VA Politics: Hart, Marrow, Running for House of Delegates
Greg Marrow, 44, of McGaheysville, said this week that he plans to challenge Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, in the 25th District.
Marrow, an optometrist in Harrisonburg, will seek the Democratic Party nomination.
Marrow's candidacy gives Democrats challengers in two of the four House of Delegates districts that represent Rockingham County.
Harrisonburg lawyer Gene Hart is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 26th House District now held by Del. Matt Lohr, R-Broadway.
No challengers have emerged in districts represented by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, and Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton.
Marrow, who spent 12 years in the Navy including the Reserves, said he plans to run on environmental responsibility and supporting "green" job initiatives.
Our economy has evolved to one dependent on services, Marrow said, but he favors a return to manufacturing by encouraging companies that take advantage of emerging alternative energy applications. "We do have the capacity to fill these empty warehouses with green technology," he said.
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Gene Hart said he is running because he thinks the area can do better. "The Valley, especially our region, has not been well served by Republican control in the General Assembly,"
Hart chided local lawmakers, saying they appear more concerned about state politics than what is best for the region they represent.
Hart said the state transportation debate is an example of lawmakers losing sight of local priorities. "Someone should fight for us to widen Port Republic Road out to the new Rockingham Memorial Hospital site," he said.
A project to widen the road from the city limits to the hospital's new site in the county was taken off a recent list of priority projects by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. The CTB is an appointed body largely responsible for transportation planning and financing. Widening on the portion of Port Republic Road that is in the city just got under way.
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