Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fishwick/Patterson Democratic Candidates

Democrats are excited at the prospect of increasing Democratic representation at the State and local levels.

The Democratic Committees of Botetourt County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem, held a Christmas party Friday at the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Patrick Patterson is vying for the Democratic nomination for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in opposition to Republican incumbent Mike Altizer.

Brian Lang, Chairman of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee, introduced Patterson saying, “he is running the most organized local campaign I have ever seen.”

Patterson at age 40 serves as Guidance Director of William Byrd High school and is Vice-President of the Vinton area Chamber of Commerce. He co-founded the Advancement Foundation along with his wife, Annette, who serves as foundation President. Patterson’s platform revolves around education and economics. As an educator he was insistent that “our kids will not suffer as a result of state budget cuts … we’ll simply do more with less.”

Seeking the Democratic nomination for Attorney General is Roanoke trial lawyer, John Fishwick. In 1992, Fishwick ran against Steve Musslewhite for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 6th district. Musslewhite later lost to Bob Goodlatte who has held the seat ever since.
Fishwick’s father, now 92 years old, is the former Norfolk & Western Railroad CEO, John P. Fishwick, Sr. Fishwick spoke proudly of his father’s picture taken at Roanoke Regional Airport in 1960 with John F. Kennedy then the Senator of Massachusetts. Fishwick compared that event to his father’s pride in this year’s election and the Roanoke visit of now President-Elect, Barrack Obama.

Fishwick’s best known cases include the 81-year-old woman who challenged the abusive driver fees and his successful representation with partner, John Lichtenstein, of the D-Day Memorial President. He is fighting the Appalachian Power rate increases and representing professor, Scott Hoover, in an $85 million lawsuit against the Virginia Lottery. Close to home Fishwick is representing the Roanoke Market building vendors in their lawsuit against Roanoke City. He proposes that Virginia allow early voting for every national and state election.
Fishwick will face Delegate Steve Shannon of Vienna in a primary.

For the Republicans it is Roanoke Attorney, John Brownlee who seeks his party’s nomination for Attorney General. Brownlee will face-off State Senator Ken Cuccinelli of Fairfax County and David Foster, a partner at a Washington law firm in Arlington, Virginia.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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