Three choices in the Republican primary for State Senator

June 9th, we go to the polls to vote in the Republican primary for State Senator. Youâ??ll have a choice between the incumbent, Mr. Hanger or two new contenders, Mr. Marshall Pattie and Mr. Dan Moxley.

Since Mr. Hanger leans left on most critical issues, itâ??s time for new blood/new ideas. That leaves just Mr. Pattie and Mr. Moxley. Below is some info on Mr. Moxley that I feel is important:

Mr. Moxley was Chair of the Augusta County Republican Committee for approximately six months. During his tenure, he tried to thwart South River Dist. Supervisor Carolyn Bragg (R) from being nominated as the Republican candidate for the Nov. 2014 elections in Augusta Co. Members of the ACRC overrode Moxleyâ??s attempt to disqualify Ms. Bragg who then won by a large majority of the vote. After which, the members asked Mr. Moxley to step down as Chairman.

Several years ago Mr. Moxley skirted the instructions of 6th District Committee decision that the Chair would make public a letter asking Congressman Goodlatte not to support John Boehner as head of the House Republicans, by leaking it to the Roanoke Times beforehand. Mr. Moxley had attempted to undermine said Congressman on numerous occasions.

Prior to moving to Augusta Co., Mr. Moxley was Chair of the Bath Co. Republican Committee (BCRC) in which he and the former Chair attempted to control the membership of the BCRC. Prior to being Chair he served as the Vice-Chair, he and the Chair at the time were brought up on charges of attempting to rig the election of the BCRC Committee Chair, to prevent any challengers. A formal complaint was filed with the 6th District Republican Committee and a redo of the BCRC elections was carried out with the 6th District having oversight.

These things occurred during Mr. Moxleyâ??s time serving in local politics.

I feel that you should know as much as possible about a candidate before pulling the lever on June 9th. The information Iâ??m sharing is for enlightening purposes only. Please remember to get out and vote on June 9th.

Constance Haggard
Staunton