Republicans gather for campaigning, pizza in Floyd

Del. Nick Rush (second from right) talks with former Bank of Floyd president Leon Moore and Sheriff Brian Craig.
Bob Smith remembers longtime Republican Supervisor Fred Gerald, who died this year.

Floyd County Republicans and their candidates for various offices gathered at Floyd County High School Friday night for the 11th Grand Old Pizza (GOP) pre-election shindig to help pull out the votes for the Nov. 5th election.

They remembered long-time supervisor Fred Gerald, listened to delegate Nick Rush’s impassioned “get out the vote” speech and met with candidates for local offices.

Most candidates for offices in Floyd County are unopposed.  Little River Supervisor Linda Devito Kuchenbuch, an independent, faces Republican Tim Sulloway, who told the gathering that he wants to be “a voice for the county.”

David Whitaker, who is seeking a spot on Floyd’s Town Council, said he wants to be “open to concerns” and “listen to the residents” of the town.

County-wide incumbents are unopposed in this election, including sheriff Brian Craig.

Delegate Rush drew the loudest reaction of the night when he said Democrats want to give imprisoned convicts the right to vote in Virginia. When he asked for a show of hands of those who had heard about the proposal and only a handful raised their hand, he told the crowd “you need to watch Fox News more often.”

In the General Assembly, Republicans are trying to hold on to a thin majority in the Senate and Democrats are threatening to increase seats in the House. While Floyd County and most other areas of rural Southwestern Virginia traditionally vote Republican, statewide races are more often controlled by the more Democratic populations of Northern Virginia and Tidewater

Pizza, spaghetti and other specialties came from Pizza Inn owner Case Clinger, former Courthouse Supervisor.

Laying out the food for the gathering.
Part of the crowd and candidates.
Music for the evening.

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