Raising children is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I want my children to have the same advantages in life that my brother and I had as we were growing up in Roanoke. I want them to have access to quality medical care, good schools, proper nutrition, and safe neighborhoods. I want them to know that like their father, upon graduation from college they’ll be able to return to their hometown and that there will be a thriving economy and plenty of opportunities awaiting them. Not only do I want these advantages for my children, but I want them for your children and grandchildren, too.
I’m thankful for the many blessings in my life but my faith teaches me that being thankful isn’t enough – I must also be a man of action. Through prayer and introspection, I have determined that what I want most is to become the voice for those who feel that they’re no longer being heard in Richmond. With my innovative approach, business experience, and eagerness to serve, I know that I’m the right voice for Virginia’s 19th District and I’m asking for your vote. When you send me to Richmond, I can guarantee you that your concerns will be heard and that your interests will be served.
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The Hamlar family at the announcment for Virginia State Senate District 19
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My Promise To You
For years I have felt that there is a void within the political arena because the voice of the people is overshadowed by political agendas. I think the time is right to spearhead change - to provide meaningful solutions to the problems we face rather than just posing questions that go unanswered. I am highly concerned about the rise of partisanship in Richmond. Partisan politics is not the most effective way to govern; Virginia needs to return to limited but effective government. I have a desire to make a difference in our community and with my fresh perspective, business expertise, and drive for serving others I know that I can invoke change that will speak to the heart of the people. It’s time to put strong actions behind the ideology, and I know that I am just the person to do that. I look forward to bringing this message to you and to learn more about the issues that cause you concern. I’m asking for your support and in return, I will provide you with the best representation that the 19th District has ever known – and that’s a promise.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2014
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
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On the grounds of the beautiful South Roanoke County Public Library, Roanoke businessman Michael Hamlar announced his bid to run for the 19th District State Senate seat presently held by Republican Ralph Smith. Standing in support of his candidacy at a news conference Mon. May 12 was Delegate Sam Rasoul, Roanoke City Council members Sherman Lea and Bill Bestpitch. “I know I can invoke change that speaks to the heart of the people,” Hamlar says.
“I look forward to bringing this message to the citizens of the 19th District and learning more about their issues,” he added.
If State Sen. Ralph Smith seeks a third term next year, the Republican will face Democratic challenge for the second time.
Funeral home owner Michael Hamlar said Friday he is running for the 19th District seat Smith has held since 2007. He’ll make his formal announcement at 11 a.m. Monday at the South County Library on Merriman Road.
The Roanoke County Democrat says he will run for the 19th district seat in the Virginia Senate. Hamlar announced his campaign Monday morning. The election will take place in November 2015.
City and County Democratic leaders joined Hamlar and other supporters for a news conference outside the South County Library.