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Jim Crosby and Jerry Johnson gave brief outlines of their policy stances.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Two Botetourt County Republicans are seeking to succeed Del. Lacey Putney, the independent from Bedford who has served in the House of Delegates for the past 52 years.
Putney, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced his retirement Wednesday.
Longtime GOP activist Jim Crosby, of Daleville, decided to seek his first public elected office on learning that Putney would not seek another term.
Jerry Johnson, the party’s candidate in 2011, said he, too, will run.
Both are seeking the Republican nomination to run in the November general election.
Crosby has been chairman of the 19th District Republican Committee, covering the area Putney represents, but resigned that position in order to run.
He said he would not have run if Putney decided to seek another term. Crosby said he has admired Putney’s career and political stances and would never have wanted to oppose him.
Crosby is a Daleville insurance agent, specializing in health insurance for the elderly.
“I’m a conservative, I’m just going to hold the line,” Crosby said.
Johnson, in addition to his 2011 race, ran for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in 1974 and made a brief run for president in 2008.
A retiree who also prospects for gold, Johnson said his top goal is to push for a state-initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
That amendment would overturn the 17th Amendment, which says U.S. senators should be directly elected by voters. Johnson wants state legislatures to resume electing Senators.
His amendment also proposes that each state get only one senator, and would limit federal judges to three-year terms.
“It’s going to be hard, but I’m willing to try,” he said.
Republicans will select their nominee at a firehouse primary on May 7. The vote will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at three locations: one in Covington, one in Botetourt County and one in Bedford County.
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