Thursday, June 18, 2009

Democratic Candidate for the 8th District Says We Need a Change

Ginny Weisz

Ginny Weisz

Ginny Weisz is ready to take on incumbent Republican delegate Morgan Griffith in November. Weisz considers herself a moderate Democrat. She follows the Democratic stance on social issue while being conservative on fiscal issues. Along those lines she is a proud gun owner and a firm believer in 2nd amendment rights.

Her motivation to run was generated from the refusal by the Republican controlled General Assembly of the $125 million of stimulus funding aimed at assisting unemployed Virginians. Weisz said, “the jobless are suffering right now” due to the recession.

She believes that her chances against Griffith are good since “the people have spoken on the national level.”

Weisz grew up all over the place and though not a native Virginian she has lived in the Bent Mount area of Roanoke County since 1986. She will draw from her strength as a woman who is strong on health and education issues. She admits that there will be a learning curve in some areas but feels she can rise to the occasion if given the chance.

An elected official should represent everybody. Weisz declaring that she is not for unlimited spending said she believes that “we [citizens] have got to balance or own bank accounts … I think the government should too.” She has no qualms with her salary being frozen by Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

Weisz is an assistant professor/instructor at the Radford University School of Nursing, a registered nurse for 29 years, a Christian Chaplain, and is currently working on the dissertation phase of her PhD at UNC Greensboro School of Nursing. She is also a Christian Chaplain.

By June 29 she will have completed exams and will then put her campaign together. She has a year to complete her dissertation on “rural access to healthcare” that focuses specifically on Lee, Wise, Henry, Floyd, and Craig counties.

Weisz was introduced by Salem Democratic Committee Chair Gena Doyle, and by elected Democrats Sheriff Gerald Holt and County Clerk of Circuit Court Steve McGraw. See Ginny Weisz website HERE.

On hand scoping out the competition was the Salem Republican Chair, Greg Habeeb. Never at a loss for words Habeeb responded reiterating the Republican stance saying, “in the 8th District people don’t want big government, don’t want federally run healthcare, and don’t want a one time influx of cash that becomes an unfunded mandate and drives how we set our unemployment policy.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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Comments (6)


June 18th, 2009 at 10:08 PM    

Good to see you there Valerie. Below are my thoughts. I can’t believe you didn’t mention that she didn’t know what the Marshall-Newman Amendment was. That was a stunning moment and it was your question. As a journalist, you had to have been floored by that.


June 18th, 2009 at 10:29 PM    

That’s because in the 17th I asked the question and several (I forgot which ones) did not know what it was either. They could not or would not answer their support with McDonnell for a 2-term governor and bipartisan redistricting.

No one knows everything right off the bat or has a platform at their announcement.

I must say when you find yourself knowing more than a candidate you wonder.



June 19th, 2009 at 9:08 AM    

Any candidate should be able to answer the question you posed but especially one who is the nominee of her party (as opposed to just someone running in a primary).

Even worse than that though was her complete inability to answer ANY questions. I’ve never heard a candidate say “I just started running last week so I don’t have an opinion yet.” And she offered that as her answer to at least 5 direct questions.

I better not hear a single D demanding a “vigorous debate on the issues” when she doesn’t even have a remedial grasp of the issues.

Ed Elswick

June 19th, 2009 at 1:43 PM    

If you made a video, or complete transcript of the proceedings, I would like a copy–or view it without a copy.



June 19th, 2009 at 3:48 PM    

“World access to health care” this ideology apparently is one of the issues that Ginny Weisz believes in.
That statement alone, did me in

Jill Elswick

June 20th, 2009 at 11:46 AM    

Local politicians should stick to local matters and not squabble over issues they cannot control, such as nationalized healthcare. We do not need to re-enact national ideological debates on the local stage. This is Roanoke, people. So talk about Roanoke and what you’re going to do for it.

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