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A fifth Republican enters race for Hurt's Senate seat

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Pittsylvania County real estate appraiser Jerry Grubb is the fifth Republican to enter the race to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt, who was elected to Congress this month.

Grubb has the backing of former state Sen. Charles Hawkins, who represented the district that comprises Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, part of Campbell County and Danville from 1992 until 2007.

Republicans will choose their nominee, Hurt, on Nov. 23. Four other Republicans and a Democrat, Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Henry Davis Jr., are also running.

The Republicans are: Pittsylvania Republican Committee Chairwoman Brenda Bowman, Franklin County nonprofit president Melvin Adams Sr., Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the Republican committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, and Danville City Council member Fred Shanks, who owns a civil engineering, planning and surveying firm.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) called two special elections for Jan. 11 so voters can elect replacements for Hurt and Del. Morgan Griffith, also elected to Congress.

The legislators will be sworn in immediately. The General Assembly begins its 46-day session Jan. 12.

By Anita Kumar  | November 16, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, State Senate  
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