Friday, December 31, 2010

Eighth district House of Delegates candidates forum open to the public

Democrat Ginger Mumpower and Republican Greg Habeeb, candidates for the 8th district House of Delegates seat.

Democrat Ginger Mumpower and Republican Greg Habeeb are gearing up for the January 11 special election now just two weekends away. The election will fill Morgan Griffith’s seat as he takes his place as the new congressman for the 9th congressional district.

Monday January 3 the Salem PTA will host a public forum in the auditorium of Andrew Lewis Middle School starting at 7:00 p.m. According to a Habeeb press release audience members will be allowed to ask questions of the candidates.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak directly to members of the community,” said Habeeb. “I look forward to listening to their concerns and discussing how I will help address Virginia’s challenges if I am elected to the House of Delegates.”

The Democratic candidate is holding a meet and greet at the Salem Civic Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. prior to Monday’s forum. Salem businessman and philanthropist Cabell Brand and past and present office holders have been invited.

Mumpower stated, “Candidates need to be able to hear from the voters. When I am in office I will be accessible and ready to talk to constituents. The purpose of this event is to directly connect with the people of the 8th district to learn what their concerns may be and how I can best represent their interests in Richmond. I look forward to meeting with the voters so that they can share their ideas about good governance with me.”

Ginger has spoken to groups including the Glenvar Rotary Club, Salem Firefighters and canvassed and phoned thousands of voters. Her campaign manager David Lipes said voters contacted had “an overwhelmingly positive response” with 80% of the people having a favorable of opinion of Ginger.

Mumpower will be serving dinner at the Roanoke Rescue Mission on New Years Day. Both candidates will attend another forum hosted by the Salem Rotary Club before election day.

In mid-December Habeeb’s campaign conducted an internal poll showing a 61% lead among likely voters with 16% still undecided or not responding. Habeeb listed groups he has attended: the Roanoke Tea Party and Second Tuesday Constitution meeting, Salem PTA, the Salem and Glenvar Rotary clubs and the Chamber of Commerce.

As in the November elections where voters in Goodlatte’s district were confused on who they could vote for the same confusion still seems to have voters perplexed in this special election. In phone calls to voters the campaigns are running into voters in Goodlatte’s 6th congressional district who are convinced they can’t vote in the 8th house of delegate’s district.

Candidates should count their blessings now because it will only get worse – can you say “redistricting?”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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