Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Ed Elswick, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor District
In his victory speech at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood Tuesday night Ed Elswick soon to be a member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for the Windsor district admited his lack of political speaking skills. He jealously eluded to the honed skills of General Assembly orator and Delegate Morgan Griffith who had finished his victory speech earlier in the night.
No organizations he interviewed with endorsed him said Elswick but almost immediately someone yelled out “we got your support.” Elswick thought that most of the organizations had selfish motives. “I will do what the people want,” he said.
Interviewed shortly before his victory speech Elswick proclaimed that “you can serve the county without being number one at everything.” He believes that striving to have the best and most expensive facilities like a super library and the multi-generation center wastes taxpayers money.
“Ordinary citizens of Roanoke County should not have to pay taxes for better than what they have,” said Elswick.
Elswick, a Republican has repeatedly espoused smaller government. It seemed to resonate with the voters at the polls Tuesday. Elswick removed his hat and placed a large feather in it as pictured above.
Elswick told me his first order of business when taking office will be to conduct “a real extensive survey to find out what the people want while letting them know exactly what it will cost them … if they say yes then OK,” said Elswick. He has been consistent in his message of keeping government out of “peoples daily routines.” He is also against county vehicles being taken home for personal use.
Elswick won the seat after beating Joe McNamara in the June primary. Elswick beat his Democratic opponent Sarah Goodman 58% – 42%.
A real squeaker for incumbent Republican Supervisor Mike Altizer over Pat Patterson in the Vinton district – only 16 votes as of late last night – a recount?
Republican incumbent Richard Flora, Hollins district, won with 65% of the vote over Democrat Charlene Waybright.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, Roanoke County Politics