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Campbell wins primary, faces McGrady in fall

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Candidates seeking General Assembly 6th District seat

By Staff Reports

Amid record low turnout on Tuesday, a few voters showed up at the polls to select a Republican candidate for the 6th District House of Delegates race and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
In a June 11 primary election for the House race, voters in the 6th District picked former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell as the Republican nominee. Campbell received nearly 71 percent of the vote in the district’s three counties — Carroll, Smyth and Wythe.
In Carroll, Campbell beat Weaver 210 to 44.
His opponent was Jack B. Weaver, a Rural Retreat businessman and farmer. He received 17.3 percent of the vote in Carroll County, a poorer showing than in Smyth (18.5 percent) or Wythe (48.8 percent).

Campbell’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 5 election is Hillsville attorney Jonathon McGrady, who was unopposed in seeking his party’s nomination this spring, and independent candidate Barbara Hall of Smyth County.
Incumbent Republican Annie B. Crockett-Stark of Wytheville is retiring, and endorsed Campbell in his bid for the nomination.
Campbell, 46, is a lawyer 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.
In a statement after the election, Campbell said he was “honored and humbled” to be selected.
“I look forward to continuing to share my ideas and vision for improving the economy and quality of life in the 6th District. It has been an immensely enjoyable experience traveling around the 6th District and meeting many fine folks and listening to their concerns.”
He applauded Weaver “for waging a good and dedicated campaign” and wished him well.
“Further, I wish to thank my family, volunteers and supporters for their unwavering support during the primary election process,” Campbell said. “I am very grateful for all the support I have received and look forward to the campaign ahead.”
On Wednesday, McGrady released a statement welcoming both Campbell and  Hall to the race.
"I plan to run a positive campaign to not only create jobs, but also save the existing jobs we have like those at Southwest Virginia Training Center and on hundreds of family farms like mine across this region."
McGrady said the state must support public education and increase broadband access to make the 6th District competitive with other areas.
"I intend to make Richmond realize that the state does not end in Roanoke," McGrady said.

Low Turnout
Voter participation was at a record low in the Twin Counties for Tuesday’s election, registrars reported. Of the three localities, Carroll had the highest turnout (2 percent), likely because of the House race that wasn’t on ballots in the City of Galax or Grayson County, each of which had turnout of about 1.3 percent.
In Carroll, 408 of the county’s 18,713 registered voters came to the polls, along with 20 absentee votes filed before the primary.
According to Galax voter registrar official Stacey Reavis, only 47 people voted, along with two absentee ballots. This accounted for a little over one percent of the 3,717 registered voters in the city.
“This is the lowest turnout that we’ve seen for any election, according to my records, as far back as 1988,” Reavis said in an email on Wednesday.
In Grayson, 132 of the county’s 10,495 registered voters participated.

Democratic Primary
The Democratic primary included a choice between Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra for the lieutenant governor and Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax for attorney general.
Northam and Herring won the nominations, but votes were split locally.
Chopra took Grayson County (69-60), and won the Laurel Fork District in Carroll County by one vote, 21-20. Northam won Carroll County overall (90-57) and Galax (28-20).
Herring swept all three localities, winning 111-34 in Carroll, 91-39 in Grayson and 42-6 in Galax.
The state Republican party nominated candidates for statewide office in a convention May 17-18.
Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are running for governor.
Northam will face the Rev. E.W. Jackson in the race for lieutenant governor and Herring will square off against Sen. Mark Obenshain for attorney general.