Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox on Thursday congratulated Joe McNamara for becoming the Republican nominee for the Special Election in the 8th House District. Earlier this month, Cox issued a writ of election setting November 6th, 2018 as the date for the Special Election. It will coincide with the 2018 General Election.
“Joe McNamara has dedicated his life to public service, serving on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for nearly 20 years,” said Cox. “ He is a well known and respected public servant and party leader. Joe’s record of service, background as an owner of several small businesses, and conservative philosophy not only positioned him to be unopposed for the nomination, but also makes him a strong candidate in November.”
McNamara graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and also a Bachelor of Science in finance. He is a certified public accountant and owner of two small businesses, Salem Ice Cream Parlor & Katie’s Ice Cream & Chocolates. He and his wife Cheryl have five children together.
“Joe is a strong candidate in his own right, but running on a ticket with Congressman Morgan Griffith and Ben Cline will only help expand his base in this critically important election, ” continued Cox. “He will have the full support of the House Republican Caucus as we work with Joe to build a ground game and messaging operation to ensure his victory. I look forward to serving with him in the House of Delegates.”
“I am honored to be nominated to continue my public service in the broader New River and Roanoke Valley regions,” said McNamara. “My conservative approach to government, practical business experience, and collaborative approach to decision making will serve the Eighth District well. I am anxious to spread the positive Republican message of smaller government, lower taxes, and job creation to the voters of the Eighth District.”