Carter Turner announces candidacy for Virginia's 8th House of Delegates district

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The current Chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee has announced his intention to seek the 8th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Carter Turner of Salem announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 8th district seat that Turner is seeking has recently been vacated, as Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb is stepping aside.

Turner's decision to run follows after longtime Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara became the first candidate to say he's running for the 8th district seat on July 30. On this day, local Republican leaders joined McNamara for the announcement at his ice cream shop in Salem.

While serving as the Chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee, Turner is known for his local and national political commentary for the past several election cycles, according to a release.

“Carter is exactly the kind of thoughtful and articulate leader we need in the House,” said Delegate Chris Hurst of the 12th District. “He is a visionary who genuinely understands the needs of the people in his community and is willing to champion their cause.”

Turner moved to Roanoke County with his family when he was seven. Turner went on to graduate from Salem High School and later from Virginia Tech.

“I am committed to empowering the people in my home community – especially those who have been left behind in our complex economy. We need to create tools and resources to improve lives – including expanded broadband and affordable higher education options,” said Turner. “I am a strong advocate for expaning Interstate-81 in the Roanoke Valley and believe Virginia needs to take bold steps to address the opioid crisis, expand healthcare to all individuals and protects women’s reproductive rights.”

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.