Ginger Mumpower Democratic candidate for Morgan Griffith’s house of delegates seat argues that ABC store privatization will harm local business. Mumpower held a press conference on Thursday.
Salem , VA– With the ongoing debate over liquor store privatization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a great amount of local discussion on the subject has come about during the race for the 8th House District. Elected officials in Richmond (including Governor Bob McDonnell), and here locally have expressed support for the privatization plan. Ginger Mumpower, small business owner and former Radford City Councilwoman, strongly opposes the measure.
Mumpower stated, “There is a strong argument to be made for ethical and responsible conduct. The ABC Stores, operated by the state of Virginia, have maintained honest and high standards of sale and distribution. Sales of alcoholic beverages are currently managed in safe and well monitored ways, and problems of illegal distribution to minors are almost non-existent.”
“I don’t want a liquor store on every corner in our neighborhoods, and I don’t think local families do either. I intend to fight for our families and local business owners. Discount liquor outlets could discourage customers from patronizing local businesses”, said Mumpower.
Ginger is a small businesswoman known largely for her involvement with the local jewelry store, Ginger’s Jewelry. As a business leader in the Roanoke Valley for decades, she has been an employer and budget manager. Her career has driven her to a dedication for her home, her family and her community. In addition to being on Radford City Council and serving on the Radford University Board of Visitors, Ginger has been an active member of public life in Roanoke, giving generously to local charities and civic organizations. She is a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke. In 2000, she earned the New Century Women’s Leadership Award.
Mumpower’s opponent Republican candidate Greg Habeeb called it a “bad idea to link [privatization] to transportation funding. I am a no vote.” He wants to protect small businesses and is concerned about the “social ills” it could bring. “Richmond has become dependent on the revenue stream,” said Habeeb.
Philosophically he thinks, “there are very few private type industries we should be playing in. Once we have played in that industry for so long you just don’t go out overnight to change it. We’re going to have to reduce dependency on some of those revenue streams. That’s what I like about my party, the Governor has a plan and some people in his party disagree.””
Posted By Valerie Garner
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