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Del. Onzlee Ware to seek another two-year term in the House of Delegates.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Onzlee Ware, who has represented the city of Roanoke in the House of Delegates for most of the past decade, has decided to seek re-election in November, he announced Monday.
Ware, a Democrat, will have no primary opponent for the 11th House District seat. So far, no Republicans have declared.
“I am one of the very few Democrats located south of Charlottesville,” he said. “We must make sure that the working class has equal representation in the House.”
Roanoke Republican Committee Chairman John Brill said it is too soon to say if the party will field a candidate.
“It’s a difficult district for a Republican,” Brill said, noting that some precincts in the 11th District vote 70 percent to 80 percent Democratic. The district covers much of the city of Roanoke.
Ware, 59, has represented the district since 2004.
He was unopposed in 2011, but easily fended off a primary challenge and a Republican opponent in 2009, as well as an independent challenger, Mac McCadden, in 2007. He was unopposed in 2005 and in the 2003 general election, after winning the Democratic primary that year to succeed Del. Clifton “Chip” Woodrum.
A lawyer, Ware is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central School of Law. Earlier this month, he dismissed speculation that he might be a candidate for one of two Roanoke Valley judgeships that have since been filled by the General Assembly.
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