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Marshall elected to seventh term
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer
Incumbent 14th District Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, was elected to a seventh term Tuesday, according to unofficial returns on the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
With all 36 precincts reporting, Marshall received 12,332 votes (58.72 percent); Dr. Gary P. Miller, D-Danville, 7,987 (38.03 percent); Mary S. Martin, an independent from Henry County, 681 votes (3.24 percent); with 2 write-in votes (0.01 percent).
“I ran on my record,” Marshall said in a phone interview Tuesday night. “I think we had a good, clean campaign.” He thanked his opponents for running clean campaigns as well.
“The number one issue I worked on was jobs. I think it resonated with voters,” he said.
Every election in which he has run, “it’s always been about jobs. Our part of the state has been so hard hit,” he said.
Progress has been made, such as with declining unemployment, but more needs to be done, he said. He said local governments, economic developers and others have been working hard to bring jobs. “It’s a team effort.”
“I think people understand ... it’s going to take time to build back,” he said.
“I thank everyone for their support and getting out and voting for me,” he said.
Miller said in a phone interview Tuesday night: “I think we worked hard. Volunteers worked hard for me. We tried to get the word out. We tried to give people a choice.”
“It’s tough to unseat an incumbent,” Miller said.
“I think we put up a respectable (campaign),” Miller said, and he got people to listen to his positions on a number of issues, such as education, his desire for Virginia to participate in expansion of Medicaid, putting people back to work, the need for Southside to work together to accomplish things for the area as a whole, and an emphasis on Commonwealth Crossing, among others.
In a phone interview Tuesday night, Martin said generally in elections, “The win 99 percent of the time is attributed to who has the biggest war chest.” She said she feels that’s “the wrong way” for an election to be won, but it’s the way things are.
“I had a great time running, met a lot of new people, stepped up to the plate when asked ... I had a lot of people who encouraged me to run.” She called it a learning experience and said “I have no regrets on doing it at all.”
In Danville City, with all 18 precincts reporting, Marshall received 5,432 votes (50.42 percent); Miller 5,165 votes (47.94 percent); Martin 166 votes (1.54 percent); and there were 10 write-in votes.
In Pittsylvania County, with all 10 precincts reporting, Marshall had 4,445 votes (72.54 percent); Miller 1,553 votes (25.34 percent); Martin 127 votes (2.07 percent); with 3 write-in votes (0.05 percent).
In Henry County, with all eight precincts reporting, Marshall had 2,455 votes (59.67 percent); Miller 1,269 votes (30.85 percent); Martin 388 votes (9.43 percent); with two write-in votes (0.05 percent). Marshall won these precincts: Irisburg, Mount Olivet, Fontaine, Hillcrest, Ridgeway 1, Ridgeway 2 and central absentee. Miller won Horsepasture 2.