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Michael Abraham works in publishing and was a freelance columnist for The Roanoke Times.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
New River Valley businessman Michael Abraham announced Thursday that he is challenging Republican Nick Rush for the 7th District House of Delegates seat.
Abraham, 58, lives in Blacksburg, and works in the publishing business. He also owns and manages The Threshold Center, a Christiansburg facility that houses several commercial tenants. He is the author of several books and was a freelance columnist for The Roanoke Times for several years. Abraham said that he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run against Rush, who won his first term in 2011.
The 7th House District covers Floyd County and parts of Montgomery and Pulaski counties.
Montgomery County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Cochran wrote in an email that he has known Abraham since the 1980s. “He is bright, articulate, and truly understands this area and the people, having grown up here. We are very proud he has decided to run for the House of Delegates as a Democrat and know he will work hard to get his message to the voters,” Cochran said.
Rush, of Christiansburg, responded to Abraham’s announcement with an email saying he had been honored to represent the 7th District and calling his first term “a unique and rewarding experience.”
“I have learned a lot over the past two years, and I hope to use that experience and knowledge to better represent my constituents moving forward,” Rush said.
Abraham could not immediately be reached for comment. An emailed announcement of his campaign includes information about a formal campaign announcement scheduled for next Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Christiansburg library on Sheltman Street.
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