VA House District 17

Geographic Description:
Counties of Botetourt (part) and Roanoke (part); City of Roanoke (part)

District Map
Represented by:
William Fralin (Republican)

  District Dem Voting Data:
2007 DPI: 42.9%, 2008 Obama: 41.9% (-1.0), 2008 Warner: 61.9% (+19.0)

Sam Rasoul making major announcement today

2008 6th District Democratic nominee, Sam Rasoul is about to make a very important announcement. The press conference today has something to do with the 17th House of Delegates seat that has been vacated by William Fralin. There is a lot of speculation as to what he will announce. Some believe he will endorse Roanoke Councilwoman Gwen Mason. Or, could it be that Rasoul will seek the nomination for himself. We will have to wait and see.....


Mason begins run for 17th HD seat

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.

Republican Delegate William Fralin to retire

(important news - promoted by code)

Delegate Adam Ebbin's Facebook status is reporting that Delegate William Fralin of Roanoke is retiring, presumably news going around the GAB today (which happens to be Sine Die - the last day of session).

Mr. Fralin is 46 years old and has served for only 5 years, an odd time to retire. But we shouldn't complain, his district is suburban Roanoke and has a DPI of 42% - certainly not friendly territory but somewhere in the middle for Republican House of Delegates seats. A hard pickup no doubt, but we would be fools not to put up a good candidate.