Christiansburg Town Council members Brad Stipes and Steve Huppert have announced they will not seek re-election.
In the wake of seventh-district delegate Nick Rush’s decision not to run again for his Virginia House of Delegates post, three Republicans have stepped forward to run. Christiansburg businesswomen Marie March and Sherri Blevins have joined Riner’s Lowell Bowman in the Republican primary to fill the seat Rush is vacating.
This marks the initial foray into politics for both March and Bowman. Blevins is currently serving on the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors. March co-owns the restaurants Fatback Soul Shack and Due South BBQ. Bowman is a business consultant.
Tonya Lockett, a former Christiansburg town employee, is the only candidate so far to announce for the Christiansburg town council.
Giles County attorney Jacob Ballard and Radford businessman Jody Pyles have announced they will seek the Republican nomination to face Democrat Chris Hurst in the 12th Virginia House District.
Christiansburg Mayor Michael Barber has said he will seek re-election this year.