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Candidate slate for Republican nomination is back up to five candidates, a day after one candidate dropped out.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Botetourt County businessman and pastor Zachary Hatcher has joined the race to be the Republican nominee for the 19th District seat in the House of Delegates.
Hatcher is the fifth person seeking the party’s nod in the race to succeed the area’s legislator for the past half-century, Lacey Putney, I-Bedford.
“After years of praying that God would raise up godly men and women to run for political office and hearing from numerous people that I am exactly the type of person we need in office, I decided that it was time to stop simply hoping for the right leaders and to become that right leader,” Hatcher said.
Hatcher is a member of the Virginia Milk Commission and works as an account executive for a wholesale firm. He is pastor of Mount Bethel Church of the Brethren in Eagle Rock.
Republicans will select their nominee at a firehouse primary held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 7 in three locations: the old Alleghany County Board of Supervisors meeting room in Covington, Lord Botetourt High School and the Thaxton Community Center in Bedford County.
In addition to Hatcher, the candidates include Botetourt County Supervisor Terry Austin; Jim Crosby of Daleville, a former Republican district committee chairman; Zach Martin, a political newcomer from Goode; and Jim McKelvey, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination to run for Congress in the 5th District last year.
Another candidate, Joshua Ball, has announced he will seek the Constitution Party’s nomination to run for the seat.
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