“Del. Joe McNamara kept the 8th House of Delegates District in Republican hands Tuesday, winning a convincing victory over Democrat Darlene Lewis.

McNamara, R-Roanoke County, will return to Richmond for his first full two-year term in the House. He won a special election a year ago to serve out the remainder of Greg Habeeb’s term because he left to oversee a new Richmond office of Roanoke-based legal firm Gentry Locke.

‘It’s really a true honor to go back to Richmond and represent you,’ McNamara said at an election night event for Republicans at the Holiday Inn at Tanglewood in Roanoke County.

Lewis, 66, got onto the ballot at the last minute so Democrats had someone to challenge McNamara. She’s a retired small business owner. She most recently co-founded The Hope Center, a small nonprofit in Roanoke that helps youth and impoverished people.

Lewis did not return a request for comment Tuesday night.

The House of Delegates’ 8th District consists of Salem, Craig County and parts of Roanoke and Montgomery counties. The district hasn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1981, when the state did away with multiple delegates representing a district.

It was Lewis’ first run for elected office, whereas McNamara has gotten used to the competition. Previously a Roanoke County supervisor, McNamara, 56, has run in five elections in the past seven years.

He served for nearly two decades on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors before moving to the House.

McNamara owns two ice cream shops and is a certified public accountant. A staunch fiscal conservative, he has established himself as someone experienced with working on budgets.

‘I’m looking forward to going back to Richmond, putting more money back in your pocket, keeping Virginia in the right direction as the number one state to do business,’ McNamara said.

He said he looks forward to returning to Richmond to work on tax policy.

‘Do you all need more money in your pockets?’ McNamara asked the audience at the hotel, which cheered in response.”

Taken from the Roanoke Times

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ House Speaker Kirk Cox has set a November date for a special election for a vacant state House seat. Cox announced Wednesday that the election to fill the spot in the Roanoke-area district will be held Nov. 6. That’s the same date as congressional elections. Republican Del. Greg Habeeb recently announced his decision to resign at the end of this month. His departure could imperil the GOP’s slim 51-49 majority in the House, but the district leans heavily Republican. President Donald Trump won the district by 30 percentage points. Political parties have until Aug. 17 to nominate candidates.

News release: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox issued a writ of election Wednesday, setting November 6th, 2018 as the date for the Special Election in the 8th House District. The Special Election will coincide with the 2018 General Election. A copy of the writ can be found here. “With Delegate Habeeb’s resignation effective August 31, it is imperative that the citizens of the 8th House District have the earliest reasonable opportunity to elect a new Delegate,” said Speaker Cox. “Setting the Special Election to coincide with the upcoming General Election makes the most sense.” Cox added, “I want to thank Delegates Toscano and Herring for suggesting and working with us on selecting the date for this Special Election.”

Pursuant to § 24.2-510 of the Code of Virginia, the deadline for political parties to nominate candidates is Friday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m. All questions should be directed to the Virginia State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745. Ask for “special election information.”

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SALEM, Va. (Roanoke Times) Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first person to announce he will seek the House of Delegates seat being vacated by Del. Greg Habeeb.

The longtime supervisor declared his candidacy for the 8th District House of Delegates seat Monday morning at one of the two ice cream shops he owns, Salem Ice Cream Parlor on West Main Street.

Surrounded by numerous prominent local Republicans, McNamara touted his history on the board of abiding by a conservative budget plan and lowering taxes for county residents as well as his conservative positions of opposing abortion and defending the Second Amendment. He said he’ll carry those values to Richmond.

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb is stepping aside, and the race to replace him is now on.

Monday morning, longtime Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first candidate to say he’s running for the 8th district seat.

Local Republican leaders joined McNamara for the announcement at his ice cream shop in Salem.

McNamara said he believes his extensive local experience and conservative voice will serve the region in Richmond.

“It is critically important that a good solid proven conservative goes to Richmond,” McNamara told WDBJ7, “and furthers our objectives that so many of our voters are demanding and expecting from our delegates today.”

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