Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Two former Salem Mayors join Mayor Foley in endorsing Turner for the 8th district

Carter Turner

Carter Turner

Democratic candidate Carter Turner claims to be cutting into Delegate Morgan Griffith’s base in the 8th District with the endorsement of two former Salem mayors. Incumbent Griffith is the Republican majority leader in the House of Delegates where he has served for the last 15 years.

Turner has repeatedly claimed to have encountered reluctance on the part of business owners to publicly support him.

Press release from Turner’s campaign:

“Area business owners repeatedly tell me that they fear the repercussions of not supporting Griffith,” said Turner. “I trust that the endorsements of such important members of the business community will give others’ the confidence to follow their lead.”

Howard C. Packett and Carl E. “Sonny” Tarpley Jr., (a Republican) recently announced they were joining current Salem Mayor Byron R. “Randy” Foley in his endorsement and support of Carter Turner’s bid for Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from the 8th District (Roanoke County/Salem).

“Sonny” Tarpley, widely recognized for his exemplary public service, is known for heavily advocating the expansion of business in Salem through the redevelopment of available land and the attraction of new business. As councilman and mayor, his accomplishments include the establishment of Salem’s independent school system, new high school and building upgrades, the development of many new municipal facilities, as well as the building of the city’s football and baseball stadiums.

“I have known and respected Carter Turner for many years,” said Tarpley. “His long term connection to the people of this community coupled with an even temperament and intelligence are exactly what we need to get meaningful communication started again in Richmond.”

Howard Packettis the former owner of successful and esteemed advertising agency, The Packett Group (now Neathawk, Debuque & Packett). His commitment to the citizens and businesses of the region are exemplified by his 24 years of service on the Salem city council, the last two as mayor. Still a force with the business community, he continues to lead the charge for economic development in the area. “It’s time to get new ideas and common sense back in Richmond,” said Packett. “Carter Turner’s approach to bipartisan coalition building and problem solving is precisely what we need representing the citizens of Salem and Roanoke County.”

Most recently, Turner was actively involved in helping area residents to keep an asphalt treatment plant from being established in Roanoke County near the Glenvar schools. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University. He and his wife of 13 years are enjoying raising their daughter in the Roanoke County neighborhood where she attends public school.

Turner for Delegate website

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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