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State Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley Jr. of Franklin County was named the Republican nominee for the 20th Senatorial District and is expected to oppose Sen. Roscoe Reynolds in November in the newly-drawn district.
Stanley was the only candidate to file paperwork to qualify for an Aug. 23 Republican. As a result, there will be no primary and Stanley was named the nominee, said Jeff Williams, chairman of the GOP district committee.
The senator elected in November to new 20th District will serve the cities of Galax, Martinsville and Danville; portions of Carroll, Franklin, Halifax and Pittsylvania counties; and all of Henry and Patrick counties.
Portions of the district have been served by Reynolds (D-Henry County) since 1997. Stanley was elected to the state senate in a special election in January 2011.
“I am honored to be the Republican nominee for the Senate in the 20th District,” Stanley said in a news release. “We will now be able to begin doing the important work of reclaiming the newly drawn 20th District from Democratic control.
“Years of ineffective representation in the Virginia Senate have devastated our local businesses and have hurt the hard-working families of the district.
“There is no excuse for this, and now we have the chance to correct things after so many years of legislative and representative neglect.
“Now is the time for voters to come together, to do the hard work of restoring their strong voice in Richmond, and returning our region to its rightful place as a leader in the future economic prosperity of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“I will stand on my record in the Senate this year as one that reflects the values and principles of the hard-working and self-reliant people of the 20th District.”
Stanley said that Reynolds endorsed a 20th District redistricting plan that unnecessarily split up communities of interest and voting precincts and diluted the voice of Southside voters.
“The fact that the liberal Democrats have made every attempt to eliminate principled conservative voices from the Senate by carving up Southside and Southwest Virginia tells the tale…
“We are not going to let them get away with it. Their desperate attempt to hang onto power in the halls of our state capitol will not stand…
“Our future and that of our children depends on our leadership during these tough economic times. We must keep taxes low, keep the cost of living and utility rates in our area affordable, and create an economic climate in our region where small businesses will grow, big businesses will relocate, and the American dream will once again thrive.”