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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Voters elect Republicans to fill two vacancies in General Assembly

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

The General Assembly will welcome two new Republican legislators Wednesday on the first day of its annual session.

Greg Habeeb, a Salem lawyer and former Salem Republican chairman, defeated Democrat Ginger Mumpower in a special election held Tuesday to replace U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R) in the largely Republican-leaning district that includes Salem and part of Roanoke County.

"This election was about jobs, leadership and families,'' Habeeb said. "I think the people of the 8th District understood I had the unique skill set to bring new jobs to our community, work in a bipartisan fashion with state leaders and protect our conservative family values."

Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the GOP committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, defeated Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis (D) in a second special election to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R) in the district that comprises Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, part of Campbell County and Danville.

"As senator I will keep my promise to focus on bringing jobs to our area by opposing higher taxes, cutting spending and excessive regulation, and promoting a limited, efficient, and responsive state government,'' Stanley said. "Most importantly, I look forward to responding to the concerns of the citizens of the 19th District and dutifully representing them in our State Capitol."

Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) welcomed Stanley to the Republican caucus. "Bill ran a great campaign, and his substantial victory reaffirms voter support for the Senate Republican agenda of smaller government, lower taxes, and creating jobs."

By Anita Kumar  | January 11, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, State Senate  
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