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Ex-candidate said he wanted to avoid splitting the conservative vote in a five-way race for the Republican nomination in the 19th House District.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Jim Crosby, one of the first candidates to throw his hat into the ring when Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, decided to retire, is withdrawing from what has become a crowded field of candidates.
“The reason I got in was because I wanted there to be an opportunity for a conservative, emphasis on conservative, candidate,” Crosby said Monday.
“If I stayed in, it would split the vote. I’ve seen too often three, four, five conservatives running against a liberal or a moderate and the moderate is elected because the conservative vote is split,” Crosby said.
He said there is a personal reason, too. His brother is setting up a Christian school in Accra, Ghana, and Crosby, a former teacher, would like to lend a hand.
Crosby endorsed Jim McKelvey, one of the founders of the Smith Mountain Lake Tea Party, in the race.
McKelvey, Botetourt County Supervisor Terry Austin, Eagle Rock businessman and pastor Zach Hatcher, and Bedford County activist Zachary Martin are seeking the Republican nomination for the 19th District House of Delegates seat.
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.
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