8th District Seat in House of Delegates up for grabs

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Voters who live in the 8th district will decide between two people, Joe McNamara and Carter Turner, as to who gets to represent them in the Virginia House of Delegates. 

Interstate 81:

Carter Turner (D)

“We definitely need to fix this road. This road is also a major thoroughfare of commerce on the eastern seaboard. It’s also a commuter road for those of us in the Valley. This is the main artery through the Roanoke Valley. It’s a very unsafe road. It’s not just the number of accidents, it’s that so many of the accidents are fatal. It really makes I-81 jump out. We have to do something about it. We’ve been talking about it for a long time, but we’ve got to do something. 
I think we need to add a third lane, this is the recommendation of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, a third lane through the Roanoke Valley. The big question is how do we pay for it? There are a number of options out there from tolls of commercial vehicles, tolls of commuter vehicles, tolls of pass-throughs, an increase in the fuel tax, and perhaps a regional sales tax. I’m taking the position that all of those options are on the table. I will support any combination of those that get the job done.
I think tolls are probably the cleanest revenue source. Tolls are a use tax, so the people paying the tolls are actually using the road. Again, my main focus is just to make sure we get this done and stop talking about it because people are dying on this road.”

Joe McNamara (R)

“We are really excited about the study that’s already been done and will be presented to the General Assembly in January. I would have liked to see that study expanded and include rail to see what we can do to accomplish pulling traffic off of Interstate 81. In addition to just constructing lane miles. We have been successful in constructing and voting for a third lane through the busiest areas, the Roanoke Valley and there is certainly more that needs to be done.”

Internet access: 

Carter Turner (D)

“I think broadband is a utility, I think it is as much of a utility as roads and electricity and people that don’t have broadband are at a major disadvantage. Schools are disadvantaged, people have a disadvantage with their health care. We’ve got to try to find a way to expand it, I think we are moving in that direction in this state but we need to make sure that localities have an easy time forming broadband authorities, so they can raise the money themselves and lay the cables then lease those cables out to a service provider, but we need to make sure the process is easy and the roadblocks are smoothed over so that localities can do this. But we’ve got to make sure they have the resources they need.”

Joe McNamara (R)
“The broadband internet access is like a utility, like water, sewer and electricity. We’ve done a lot in the Roanoke Valley to expand public access to broadband. We certainly have more to do.”

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