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Government

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        A new face has joined the legislators representing the Bedford area. Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors was successful in his bid to succeed Delegate Lacey Putney representing the 19th House of Delegates District.
        “I’m very proud of it,” Austin said of his election. “It’s quite a step going from supervisor to delegate. It’s challenging — it’s such a big district.”

  • Delegate Byron remarks on election results

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford County) celebrated a victory this evening, winning her ninth term representing the 22nd District in the Virginia General Assembly. At a gathering of supporters at the Republican Victory Center on Leesville Road in Lynchburg, Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        Terry Austin, a Botetourt County businessman, was elected, Tuesday, to fill the 19th House of Delegates District seat that Delegate Lacey Putney has held for 52 years. Putney defeated Lewis Medlin Jr., a Bedford County businessman in the two-way race by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin. Austin did his best in Botetourt County, where he got 76 percent of the vote, but he also did well in Bedford County, garnering 71 percent of the vote. Medlin did best at in Allegheny County and Covington. He got 48 percent in Covington and 41 percent in Allegheny County.

  • Cuccinelli does well in Bedford County

        Terry McAuliffe won a narrow victory over Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night to become Virginia's next governor.  Although polls a month ago showed McAuliffe with a substantial lead of Cuccinelli, that lead evaporated as Election Day approached. In the end, McAuliffe received 48 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli's 45 percent. Robert Sarvis, who ran as a Libertarian, came in a distant third with 7 percent of the vote.

  • Martin breaks 'Pharoah's Curse'

        Bedford County had six local elections this year — three for board of supervisors and three for school board. All six were unopposed elections.

  • Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe's Acceptance Speech

    MCAULIFFE: Over the past months, I’ve started speeches thanking a lot of political figures.

  • Martin breaks 'Pharoah's Curse'

    Bedford County had six local elections this year — three for board of supervisors and three for school board. All six were unopposed elections.

  • BRWA looks ahead to future water issues

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) came into being with Bedford’s reversion to town status. The reversion took place this year on July 1, but the process of merging the city’s water and sewer department and the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) into one water authority began late last year.

  • Parrish seeks 23rd seat

        Jonathan Parrish, a 33-year-old graphic designer from Lynchburg, is seeking the 23rd District House of Delegates seat as a Libertarian candidate. He’s a 1999 Jefferson Forest High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in graphic design, from Liberty University.

        “This is my first time ever seeking elective office,” he said.

  • Garrett seeks 3rd term

        Delegate Scott Garrett, who represents the 23rd District in the House of Delegates, unseated an incumbent in 2009 to win his first term in the General Assembly. He said he learned that, in order to win an election, a candidate must get out and see where people are. He added that, once elected, a delegate needs to keep doing that; it’s important to get out and listen.

        “If you’re just willing to get out and listen to people, you’ll learn a lot from people,” he said.