ROANOKE - March 9 - Flanked by an array of current and former local officials, Roanoke City Council member Gwen Mason formally announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the 17th District before a standing-room only crowd of about 40-50 people. She is running for the House of Delegate seat recently put in play but a surprise decision by moderate Republican Delegate William Fralin, to not seek re-election.
Joining Mason were Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt, former City Council members Lynda Wyatt and Bill Bestpitch, Roanoke County Clerk of Court Steve McGraw, Roanoke County Supervisor Charlotte Moore, and current City Council members Court Rosen and Rupert Cutler, Vice Mayor Sherman Lea, Commonwealth Attorney Don Caldwell.
SCH asked Clerk Steve McGraw about his opinion of Mason’s day-10 announcement:
“I’m very proud of Gwen Mason for announcing early, assembling an impressive array of supporters on such short notice and then hitting the ground running for this most important seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, and I’m glad to be a part of Gwen’s winning team that will result in victory for her in November.”
Rupert Cutler was equally ebullient:
Gwen is my kind of lady: bright, articulate, a good listener, and a hard worker. A bonus is her lifelong devotion to the protection of the natural environment. Roanoke’s Clean and Green program is her unique legacy that she created and has given to the citizens of Roanoke.
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