Marrow, Hart to Challenge Entrenched R's in 25th & 26th HD

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From We Will Rock Dem

Troubles Brewing in the Red Zone More Valley Dems Join Attack on Republican Strongholds in 24th, 25th and 26th HD seats.

Dr. Greg Marrow, 44, of McGaheysville, said this week that he plans to challenge Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, in the 25th District. Marrow, an optometrist in Harrisonburg, will seek the Democratic Party nomination.

Harrisonburg lawyer Gene Hart is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 26th House District now held by Del. Matt Lohr, R-Broadway.

Marrow, who spent 12 years in the Navy including the Reserves, said he plans to run on environmental responsibility and supporting "green" job initiatives.

Our economy has evolved to one dependent on services, Marrow said, but he favors a return to manufacturing by encouraging companies that take advantage of emerging alternative energy applications. "We do have the capacity to fill these empty warehouses with green technology," he said.

Gene Hart said he is running because he thinks the area can do better. "The Valley, especially our region, has not been well served by Republican control in the General Assembly". Hart chided local lawmakers, saying they appear more concerned about state politics than what is best for the region they represent.

Full story of announcements at DNR Online

Marrow and Hart join Jeff Price who is already underway in going after the 24th HD seat. There is talk of more Democrats entering the race for the 25th and possibly for the 20th HD seats.

Full disclosure - the author is the Democratic Nomination Committee chairman for the 25th HD.

Mr. Hart could be Delegate

Mr. Hart could be Delegate Hart come November. Half or more of his district is the city of Harrisonburg which voted 58% for Obama. It is our hope that the state party will recognize this and send resources to assist Mr. Hart. Mr. Hart is an excellent candidate. He voluntarily left law school at UVA after the first semester to volunteer for the first Iraq war. After serving with distinction overseas, he returned to law school, graduated, and has become quite a successful attorney. in Harrisonburg. That, my friends, is the essence of true patriotism--not the chicken hawk variety of Limbaugh, Cheney, etc. This could be a pick up for the dems.

Thanks, but . . .

NBF,

Thanks for the kind words, and we do expect to win in November. However, while I did leave law school after my first semester (after 5 years in the Army) I did not serve overseas in the First Gulf War; I served with the 155th Armored Brigade (Mississippi National Guard) at Fort Hood, Texas then Fort Irwin, California (then demobilized in Fort Shelby, Mississippi). That, my friends, was quite an experience.