My old buddy Carter Turner of Salem, who has had an itch to serve in either the U.S. House or the Virginia General Assembly for some time now, is getting ready to put on the full court press to take over the 8th District Virginia seat. The seat was recently vacated by Greg Habeeb, a Republican who did little to distinguish a seat that was initially tarnished by Morgan Griffith.
Carter ran against Griffith in 2009 and was beaten by the expected number in the gerrymandered district. Griffith later ran for the 9th District U.S. House seat–a district he did not live in–and beat long-time incumbent Rick Boucher in one of the saddest upsets in House history. The 9th has suffered since.
Carter is a former chairman of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee and a man new Delegate Christ Hurst of Montgomery County (12th District) says “is exactly the kind of thoughtful and articulate leader we need in the House. He is a visionary who genuinely understands the needs of the people in his community and is willing to champion their cause.”
Says Carter, “I am committed to empowering the people in my home community – especially those who have been left behind in our complex economy. We need to create tools and resources to improve lives – including expanded broadband and affordable higher education options. I am a strong advocate for expanding Interstate-81 in the Roanoke Valley and believe Virginia needs to take bold steps to address the opioid crisis, expand healthcare to all individuals and protects women’s reproductive rights.”
Carter, who has a theology degree and is a history graduate of Virginia Tech, was an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University for nearly a decade and now serves as their Associate Director of Advancement.
Carter will lay out his platform Thursday (tomorrow) at Parkway Brewery in Salem at 2 p.m.