Is Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara Going to Run for Habeeb HoD-08 Seat? UPDATED: Yes

Sunday night … I’m sitting at the Bearing Drift desk connecting dots about rumors running throughout the 8th House of Delegates district (and beyond) concerning the seat that is to be vacated on August 30, according to an announcement Friday by Delegate Greg Habeeb.

The 8th District covers Roanoke County, Salem City, Montgomery County, and Craig County.

If you are in the vicinity of the Salem Ice Cream Parlor Monday morning around 9:00, and you’re interested in who will run in Greg’s seat, you may want to stop by.

Salem Ice Cream Parlor is owned by Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara.  And Joe McNamara is the name I heard today rumored to be running for that 8th District seat.

Then this evening Roanoke County Republican Committee Chairman Dan Webb posted on his Facebook page that there would be an important announcement Monday, July 30, at 9am, with a number of politicos in attendance:

Senator David Suetterlein
Roanoke County Sheriff Eric Orange
Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chairman Martha Hooker
Roanoke County Supervisor Joe McNamara
Roanoke County Republican Party Chairman Dan Webb
Craig County Republican Party Chairman Jordan Labiosa
Immediate Past Salem City Republican Party Chairman Jesse Lynch

Invite you to an important announcement regarding the pending vacancy in Virginia’s 8th District House of Delegates seat.

Monday, July 30, 2018 – 9 AM
Salem Ice Cream Parlor
404 West Main Street
Salem, Virginia

It sounds as if Supervisor Joe McNamara (Windsor Hills District) is running for delegate, if the dots connect correctly. And if indeed McNamara is running for the 8th House seat, in a district that is very red and went 62 percent for Donald Trump in 2016, and with the fire power he has behind him at this announcement, he stands a very good chance of being the next state delegate from Salem.

Stay tuned…..

Who is Joe McNamara? A brief bio from the Roanoke County government website:

Joseph P. McNamara, CPA
Supervisor, Windsor Hills Magisterial District
Term Expires 12-31-2021

Service to the Board:
Served as Vice Chairman in 2015, 2016
Served as Chairman in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2014, 2017
Served at Vice Chairman in 2002, 2005 and 2009
Re-elected to the Board: Term began 1-1-2018
Elected to the Board: Term began 1-1-1998; 1-1-2002; 1-1-2006,1-1-2014

Community Involvement:
Mr. McNamara was an active Youth Soccer Coach from 1991 through 2013.

Currently Serving:
Audit Committee
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
School Construction Committee
Virginia Association of Counties – Legislative Contact
Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority

Education:
University of Virginia
BS in Finance and Accounting
Certified Public Accountant

Occupation:
Owner of Katie’s Ice Cream and Chocolates and Salem Ice Cream Parlor.

UPDATE x1: The Monday morning press conference confirmed that Joe McNamara is running for HoD-08. More info to come….

Cover photo: Delegate Ben Cline, Supervisor Joe McNamara