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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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