Democrat Ginger Mumpower, 50 has officially filed with the Democratic Nominating Committee and will challenge Republican Greg Habeeb for the 8th district House of Delegates seat. Congressman-elect Morgan Griffith defeated Rick Boucher in a surprise victory for the 9th district leaving the seat to be filled by special election on January 11, 2011 – only one day before the 2011 General Assembly session begins.
Mumpower once owned a chain of well-known jewelry stores in Roanoke and surrounding localities. She closed her stores and now does most of her jewelry design business online. She did open one store at Smith Mountain Lake.
A graduate of Radford College she served four years on Radford’s City Council at the age of 23. Mumpower lives in Roanoke County with her two children.
If no one else files with the Roanoke County Democratic Committee by Tuesday, November 23 Mumpower will be the Democratic nominee. Any filing must be postmarked Friday, November 19 or hand delivered with the $1500 non-refundable filing fee.
According to Habeeb his filing fee was $705 – “It is pretty much always 4% of the salary of the job.”
Habeeb has received endorsements from Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Confirmed by Cuccinelli’s political director, Noah Wall, the attorney general’s endorsement read:
“I am proud to endorse Greg Habeebto succeed Congressman-Elect Morgan Griffith in the House of Delegates. Greg Habeeb is a great conservative and will represent the 8thDistrict well. I look forward to working with him in Richmond to further our conservative values and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.” –Ken Cuccinelli
UPDATE 5:18 p.m. Friday: The 8th House District Legislative Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia met today at 5:00 pm and based on the Call issued on Friday, Nov. 12th the Republican candidate for the Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, Special Election is Greg Habeeb.
Greg Habeeb was the only candidate to file in accordance with the published Call for this nomination process.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2011, Elections, house_of_delegates