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Jim McKelvey joins longtime GOP activist Jim Crosby, of Daleville, and Jerry Johnson, the party's candidate in 2011, in running for the Republican nomination for retiring Del. Lacey Putney's seat.
Monday, April 1, 2013
A third contender for the Republican nomination for retiring Del. Lacey Putney’s seat emerged Monday, a Moneta businessman touting term limits and tea party tendencies.
Jim McKelvey made his announcement less than a week after two Botetourt County Republicans did the same. McKelvey made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in the 2010 5th Congressional District race. The party instead opted for Robert Hurt.
In an interview Monday evening, McKelvey said he has continued to stew about term limits, a cornerstone of his campaign. He said a recent trip to Richmond reinvigorated him.
“I said, ‘Okay, I can sink my teeth into that,’ ” he said. “I came up with a plan to get it done, then I found out Friday morning that Lacey was retiring and it just came together.”
While McKelvey does not officially align himself with a local tea party, he explained he played a role in starting the chapter in the Smith Mountain Lake community. He said he shares in their view that the government is too vast and that taxes are too many.
For the nomination he’ll face longtime GOP activist Jim Crosby, of Daleville, and Jerry Johnson, the party’s candidate in 2011.
In 2010, McKelvey used a large bus — decked in red, white and blue — as part of his campaign. He said he plans to resurrect it for his upcoming effort, tailoring this time to push his effort to distribute a petition for term limits.
McKelvey expressed disgust at what he called the “good ol’ boys club” in Richmond, adding that he believes people are weary of both Republicans and Democrats. Still, he said he avoided running as an Independent because the “money is behind the two parties.”
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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