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Candidate says he lacks the financing to compete.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Botetourt County resident Jerry Johnson is withdrawing from the race to be the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates' 19th District.
The district's delegate, Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, is not seeking re-election after 52 years in the house.
"I don't have $100,000 to spend," Johnson said, explaining his decision.
He said he was endorsing Moneta businessman Jim McKelvey for the office, saying he is a "true Constitutionalist" who would work in the legislature on Johnson's key issue: pushing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to allow state legislatures to elect U.S. senators.
Johnson's withdrawal means there are four candidates seeking the Republican nomination, to be decided in a May 7 firehouse primary: Terry Austin, Jim Crosby, Zach Martin and McKelvey.
Another candidate, Joshua Ball , has announced he will seek the Constitution Party's nomination to run for the seat.
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