Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


June 3, 2007

Two target House seat

TAZEWELL, Va. — Two Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination June 12 in a high-profile contest for the Third Legislative District House of Delegates seat.

Incumbent Delegate Dan Bowling, D-Tazewell, is being challenged by Michael G. “Mickey” McGlothlin in the Democratic Party primary. A Republican candidate hasn’t been announced to date for the Third District contest, which includes Tazewell, Russell and Buchanan counties.

Bowling and McGlothlin were interviewed last week by the editorial board of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph on a variety of topics of concern to Southwest Virginia, including the Coalfields Expressway, job creation, unemployment rates and the war on drugs.

Bowling, who lives on a family farm near Tazewell, was first elected to the House of Delegates in a special election on Jan. 3, 2006. Bowling said he remains committed to job creation, regional cooperation, meeting the needs of law enforcement and emergency medical personnel, completing the Coalfields Expressway and pursuing a diversified economy for the legislative district.

“For the past two years that I’ve held the Virginia House of Delegates seat, I’ve listened attentively to the working families in Russell, Tazewell and Buchanan counties,” Bowling, who is particularly proud of legislation introduced last session allowing for increased cooperation among border communities such as Bluefield, said. “Our economy is probably what we need to think about first. We need jobs for people who are unemployed and under employed in our region.”

McGlothlin, who was born in Richlands, currently resides in Buchanan County but also owns a farm in Tazewell County. He is the current county attorney for Buchanan County, and also previously served as the Commonwealth Attorney for Buchanan County. He is campaigning on a pledge of putting Southwest Virginia first, and is advocating the creation of high-quality jobs, fighting the war on drugs in Southwest Virginia, developing a plan for progress, completing the Coalfields Expressway, “showcasing” the Third District, and helping with the restoration of historic Pocahontas.

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