Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Endorsements: Howell backs Allen, Farm Bureau supports Houck
House Speaker Bill Howell has announced he’s supporting former governor George Allen in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.
Allen faces several Republicans who also want the party’s nomination, including tea party activist Jamie Radtke.
In a release, Howell said he served with Allen in the House of Delegates years ago, and considers him a friend. Howell said Allen as governor worked to shrink government, improve the economic environment, and cut taxes.
“George Allen has truly been one of the finest Governors to ever serve the Commonwealth, and he accomplished all this with a Democrat legislature,” Howell said.
Update: Allen’s campaign this afternoon sent out a release announcing other local endorsements for Allen. State Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford; Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Winchester (whose district now includes parts of Culpeper and Stafford); and Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, all said they’re supporting Allen. Dels. Joe May of Leesburg, Scott Garrett of Lynchburg and Rob Bell of Charlottesville were also on the endorsement list.
Moving over to the 17th state Senate race in this November’s elections, the Virginia Farm Bureau AgPAC has endorsed Sen. Edd Houck, D-Spotsylvania, for reelection. Houck is facing Republican Bryce Reeves. Houck made three campaign stops this morning in Culpeper, Orange and Louisa to announce the endorsement.
According to a release on Houck’s Facebook page, the Farm Bureau particularly mentioned Houck’s efforts to put state money toward filling positions in Virginia Cooperative Extension offices, and his support for a constitutional amendment protecting personal property rights.