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Miller to challenge Marshall in 14th District
Danville Democrat to face longtime delegate
Thursday, February 28, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Danville cardiologist and Vice Mayor Gary Miller will run against incumbent Del. Danny Marshall in the November election.
Marshall, R-Danville, confirmed Wednesday that he will seek a seventh two-year term to the House of Delegates because he “still has work to do.”
Marshall, 61, was prompted to seek a first term in 2001 because he wanted to try and bring jobs to areas in his district, he said.
“My goal is to get Martinsville and Henry County’s unemployment rate at least to the state average,” Marshall said. “Just accomplishing that would be a home run.”
Miller, 64, a Democrat, said he decided to challenge Marshall to give voters a choice.
“I think it’s always disappointing when you go to the polls, and you see only one person to vote for,” he said.
Also, “too much emphasis right now in Richmond on social issues,” such as “telling women what they can do with their body,” prompted Miller to run as a Democrat, he said.
“What we should be concentrating on is economic development, road construction and training our workers,” Miller said. “We need to be concentrating on building jobs.”
Although he lives in Danville, Miller said he is familiar with the Henry County-Martinsville area. He noted his children attended Carlisle School, and he also has filled in at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. He said he visits Martinsville frequently and several of his patients live inHenry County.
Miller said he has served on the Danville City Council for five years, and his campaign manager, Donnie Draper, also worked on now-U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s campaign.
Miller said he is working to collect the 125 signatures of registered voters in the district needed to get his name on the November ballot.
During his years in the House of Delegates, Marshall said he has positioned himself “so that the committees I am on in the General Assembly have to do with creating jobs.”
Committees he serves on are Commerce and Labor; Cities, Counties and Towns; and the Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources, according to his website.
Marshall said he also has asked House Speaker William Howell to put him on commissions outside of the General Assembly session that help create jobs or focus on workforce development/training.
Marshall serves on a number of commissions, including the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, Manufacturing Development Commission, Reduction of Highway Noise Abatement Costs, Joint Subcommittee Studying Lead Poisoning, New College Institute, Virginia Housing Commission and Cost Reduction Teams, where he also is chairman of Fleet Management.
All those efforts are done to increase the number of jobs “and get people back on their feet,” Marshall said.
Henry County precincts in the 14th District include Fontaine, Hillcrest, Irisburg, Mount Olivet, Ridgeway No. 1, Ridgeway No. 2 and part of Axton.