Trying to Unseat the Incumbent

By: Michael Hyland Email
By: Michael Hyland Email

An optometrist in the Valley has won the Democratic nomination for the 25th district House of Delegates seat and a chance to go against Republican incumbent Steve Landes.

Greg Marrow of McGaheysville got double the votes of his opponent, James Noel.

The 25th district covers the City of Waynesboro and parts of Augusta, Rockingham and Albemarle counties.

Supporters of Marrow watched the results come in at a party in Waynesboro.

Marrow touts his medical background as something key he'll bring to Richmond if elected.

"Health care reform, it's coming on the national level. So, I think this is a good time to talk about it on the state level. I think it's important to have doctors in Richmond when this happens," says Marrow.

Landes hasn't faced a Democratic opponent since he was first elected in 1995.

"When I first ran, there was a lot of discussion and talk about the economy. And that's going to be something I think that we're going to be talking about this fall," says Landes.

All the Valley's Republican delegates have Democratic challengers this fall.

Since their last races in 2007, one of Virginia's U.S. Senate seats has gone to the Democrats, and Democratic President Barack Obama took Virginia in November.

"And so, we're sort of riding that bubble as people become more in tune into issues that concern them," says Marrow.

"The political experts will tell you that you don't want to try to encourage a Republican area to turn out more votes. That's going to help Bob McDonnell. It's going to help us," says Landes.

The general-election phase of this campaign begins now. The candidates don't plan to take any breaks as they try to win your vote in November. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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