Christiansburg Del. Dave Nutter seeks to unseat Roanoke Sen. John EdwardsThe Democrat-controlled Senate drew up the new district with the thought that Edwards was a safe bet for reelection. But with his support traditionally being unenthusiastic and shallow (if expansive) and with a strong conservative opponent entering the race, in a year when liberalism and the negatives that go with it will be the issue dominating the campaign, this could be one to watch.
Nutter will give up his House seat to make a bid for the state Senate.
By Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times
Richmond Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg, will run for the state Senate seat held by Roanoke Democrat John Edwards, a political gamble that underscores the efforts Republicans are making to gain control of the Senate.
Nutter, who disavowed interest in the race just a month ago, said Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 21st District seat. Roanoke insurance agent Tripp Godsey also will run for the GOP nomination, which will be decided in an Aug. 23 primary.
"After serving 10 years in the House, I've enjoyed that experience; I've been able to make an impact," Nutter said in a telephone interview. "The Senate offers a unique opportunity and a perspective between the Roanoke and New River valleys."
The newly redrawn 21st District includes all of Roanoke, a portion of Roanoke County, part of Montgomery County including Blacksburg, and all of Giles County. [link]
Nutter, as you may recall, led the effort to block then-Governor Tim Kaine and his buddies in the Senate - including Edwards - from passing a potentially destructive tax increase at a time when it would have been least helpful. He, along with a handful of fiscal watchdogs in the House of Delegates, stopped the big spenders in their tracks and became heroes to us common taxpayers.
It'll be an uphill battle, what with so many wild-eyed liberals on the voting rolls in his district, but Nutter is just the man to bring about victory for the taxpayers of this tortured region.
Here's to Dave Nutter. Take it to him, big guy. Make him squeal. Make us proud.
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One down. Two to go. Will Phil and Roscoe be on their way into retirement soon?
We can only hope.