With the Republican Primary for the Virginia House of Delegates 5th District seat coming up Tuesday, I would like to encourage everyone to support incumbent candidate Israel O’Quinn. As a member of the House of Delegates for four-terms, O’Quinn has proven his commitment to this region and provided a voice in Richmond for the people of the 5th District. Some of his strongest assets include his visibility/availability in the area and his support of the youth in Southwest Virginia. O’Quinn readily makes himself available to schools as a resource for educators and to provide recognition to students and athletes.

As an educator and coach in Smyth County for the last two decades, I have witnessed his impact on students. Whether it is a visit to government or civics classes, speaking to prospective leaders at a leadership seminar, or honoring student-athletes with certificates and/or letters of recognition, his dedication to the future of Southwest Virginia is evident. He has even been known to throw some batting practice and participate in a football workout from time to time. Join me Tuesday and cast a vote for incumbent candidate Israel O’Quinn.

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