Voters elect Republicans to fill two vacancies in General Assembly
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."
| January 11, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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