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Zach Martin, 25, of Goode announced his bid for a seat in the House of Delegates.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Another contender for retiring Del. Lacey Putney’s seat announced Tuesday, making it a four-way race for the Republican nomination in the 19th District.
Zach Martin, a 25-year-old graduate of Liberty University and relative newcomer to politics, said he hopes to make a bid for the seat. If he gets the nomination and goes on to win, he would become the youngest member of the House of Delegates.
He will enter the race against three other Republicans: longtime GOP activist Jim Crosby of Daleville; Jerry Johnson, the party’s candidate in 2011; and Jim McKelvey, who unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination in 2010 for a congressional seat.
In an interview Tuesday, Martin said he considers his young age an advantage.
“First off, you can’t go anywhere without hearing people say the future generations have a stake in this,” he said. “I also think it makes it really personal. For me, this is really about what’s best for the future generations.”
A former teen volunteer firefighter in Troutville, Martin said he lived in Botetourt County for years before moving to Goode. He is currently employed as the business development director for Moore’s Electrical and Mechanical .
He said he’s interested in focusing his attention on regional issues, not the nation’s capital. He said he anticipates this will set him apart from his political opponents.
“They’re so stuck on what they don’t like in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We will run to represent the people and show that we’re in line with their views.”
Republicans will select their nominee at a firehouse primary on May 7. The vote will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at three locations: one in Covington, one in Botetourt County and one in Bedford County.
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