U.S. Sen. Mark Warner - Sen. Brandon Bell
Roanoke County – Brandon Bell’s VA Senate Campaign today announced that Senator Bell has received the endorsement of US Senator Mark Warner. Warner will also headline a local fundraiser for Senator Bell on Friday, November 4th.
“I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of Senator Warner”, said Bell. “Mark Warner is very popular in the 19th Senate District and I am honored to have his support of my campaign to bring independent leadership to the VA Senate. As a Governor and a member of Congress, Senator Warner has a history of crossing party lines and working with Republicans, Democrats and Independents. It is this open minded approach to governing that gives me great respect for Senator Warner and makes me confident that we will be able to work together to move Virginia forward.”
Yesterday, Bill Carder, former City Councilman and Vice Mayor for Roanoke when Ralph Smith was mayor, endorsed Brandon Bell for the State Senate.
“I am very excited that Brandon Bell has decided to once again serve our community in the Virginia Senate. Brandon, while always keeping true to our shared values of efficient government, a free market and fiscal responsibility, always understood and acted in the best interests of this district. Brandon also lives in the 19th Senate District and Ralph Smith clearly does not,” Carder said.
“Brandon Bell has demonstrated that he clearly understands the difference between governing and politics. Brandon did his best to govern….he listened to what his constituency was saying regardless of party affiliation…he did his homework and research on all the issues facing the Senate and acted in the best interest of all in this district,” Carder said.
“In my time serving with Ralph Smith, I can tell you the two driving factors in his service were partisan politics and his own personal agenda. Ralph Smith’s time as Mayor of the City of Roanoke was one of being a self serving obstructionist. At the local level, it is not about partisan issues. It is about good schools, intact infrastructure, supporting business growth and development and safe neighborhoods. Ralph Smith never understood this nor did he understand any of the issues we were facing. He never sought out opinions or views from anyone even other members of City Council on any issue I can remember. I think is a shame that in his term as Mayor, Ralph Smith failed to leave a single program or improvement with his name on it,” Carder said.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Election 2011, Elections, state_senate