Campbell defeats McGrady in 6th District

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — The former mayor of Saltville convinced 6th District voters that he should succeed the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark as the region’s delegate in Tuesday’s election.
In a three-way race, Republican Jeffrey Campbell took 56.99 percent of the 20,286 ballots cast, beating Jonathan McGrady, the Democrat from Carroll County; and Independent Barbara T. Hall from Marion.
The breakdown from Wythe, Smyth and Carroll counties shows that 11,574 voters in the district preferred Campbell; 7,424 McGrady; and 1,288 Hall.

In Carroll County, McGrady won three precincts — Hillsville B, Gladesboro and Hillsville C. The difference between McGrady and Campbell in Gladesboro was only four votes.
Campbell won Carroll County with 4,176 votes, compared to 3,427 for McGrady and 286 for Hall.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected by the voters in the Sixth House of Delegates District to be their next member of the Virginia House of Delegates,” Campbell said in a statement on Election Day. “Our victory today shows that our positive message was well-received by the citizens of the Sixth District.”
Campbell also promised to release details about his focus as a legislator soon, before the next General Assembly session begins in January.
McGrady released a statement on Wednesday morning, saying he felt that Campbell’s campaign ads unfairly linked him to national politics.
“Unfortunately, what should have been a local race about local issues became a referendum on President Obama due to hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative commercials,” McGrady said.
The Hillsville attorney and farmer thanked his friends and supporters for their hard work.
“The good news is that I will be home much more with my children. I congratulate Jeff Campbell and wish him well.”
In the House of Delegates 5th District, incumbent Israel D. O’Quinn (R) ran unopposed, receiving 15,835 votes, 98.9 percent of those cast.
The district includes Grayson and Galax. O’Quinn received 3,778 votes in the county (100 percent) and 921 in the city (98.61 percent).
Democrats typically have a hard time winning over voters in Carroll, historically a Republican stronghold.
In fact, none of the Democratic candidates for statewide office won even a single precinct in Carroll County on Tuesday.