Race for delegate heats up

The 8th District House of Delegates’ race heated up even more this week, when two former mayors threw their support behind the Democratic challenger and incumbent Morgan Griffith got an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.

Former Salem mayors Howard Packett and Carl “Sonny” Tarpley Jr. – who is a Republican – joined in with current Salem Mayor Randy Foley in endorsing Democrat Carter Turner for the seat that represents Salem and part of Roanoke County.

Meanwhile, Griffith, a Republican who is seeking his ninth two-year-term, put out a press release about his NRA rating, pointing out that Turner failed to turn in his survey to the NRA on time.

Last week Turner’s campaign put out publicity on how much political action committee, and which PACs contributed to Griffith’s campaign, charging that the incumbent is for sale.

“I have known and respected Carter Turner for many years,” said Tarpley.  “His long term connection to the people of this community coupled with an even temperament and intelligence are exactly what we need to get meaningful communication started again in Richmond.” Packett said he is supporting Turner because, “It’s time to get new ideas and common sense back in Richmond.”

He continued, “Carter Turner’s approach to bipartisan coalition building and problem solving is precisely what we need representing the citizens of Salem and Roanoke County.”

Griffith and Turner will participate in a debate scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 at  7 p.m. at Bent Mountain Elementary School, sponsored by the GFWC Bent Mountain Woman’s Club.

– Meg Hibbert