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Two candidates are now vying for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) in the November election.
Rural Retreat businessman and farmer Jack Weaver is the latest to announce a bid for the 6th District Virginia House of Delegates seat. Jeff Campbell, the former mayor of Saltville, already is seeking the party’s nomination.
The GOP candidate will face Jonathon McGrady, a Hillsville attorney picked by Democrats last week as their nominee; and Barbara Hall of Smyth County, who filed last week with the State Board of Elections to run as an independent.
The 6th District covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County. Republicans will chose their candidate in the June 11 primary.
“Virginia needs fewer lawyers in the General Assembly and more people who understand finance and the budgetary process,” Weaver said in a campaign announcement, possibly referring to McGrady.
Weaver, a fiscal conservative and semi-retired businessman, says he has experience starting businesses, making existing businesses profitable and merging others into large companies. He claims that he has helped create “hundreds upon hundreds” of jobs in the process.
Weaver said his money management skills would pay off in Richmond, where he promises to lower taxes, cut spending and end Virginia’s corporate income tax. “We have a spending problem and not an income problem in both Richmond and Washington, which must be reversed,” Weaver said in a press release.
His other goals include:
• Agriculture: “Battle for deregulation for farmers, a key to Virginia’s economic success and protect farmers from Washington’s clutches.”
• Private Property: “Protect individuals and families from the overreaches of federal and state government’s use of eminent domain and the evils of Agenda 21,” referring to an alleged United Nations conspiracy to take control of private land.
• Energy Independence: Weaver describes an energy police of “all the above and below,” and promises to open up the state’s coal fields. “Virginia needs to be 100 percent energy independent,” he said.
“Jack is a conservative who believes in the sanctity of life, the second and tenth amendments, fairness for our farmers and what they contribute to our well-being, and the U.S. and Virginia constitutions as written,” his campaign announcement said. “He demands fairness, whether it’s in government accountability or equal opportunity based on qualification.”
Weaver has been active in the community, and started a sports program for girls that enabled many of his protégés to attend college because of sports scholarships. He offers his time and talents as a financial consultant to emerging or troubled businesses.
Honors over the years include Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South, Who’s Who in America, Outstanding Kiwanis Club president and honors and awards for his work with state and national historical museums.
Also seeking the Republican nomination is Jeff Campbell, 46, an attorney with a law office in Marion. He has served as mayor and a town council member in Saltville and also has served on the Saltville Industrial Development Authority and the board of the Smyth County Tourism Association.
Campbell has said he will focus on economic development, educational opportunity and public safety if elected.
“I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry, within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents,” Campbell said in a press release. “I pledge to work tirelessly in Richmond to bring the good paying jobs in the Commonwealth back home.”