Mary S. Martin

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Mary S. Martin
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 14
Place of birthHenry County, VA
Mary S. Martin was a 2013 Independent candidate for District 14 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


Educator Fairness Act

Martin called the Educator Fairness Act, supported by incumbent Delegate Danny Marshall, III, "anything but fair to teachers" and said it neither encouraged teachers to come to the state or made teachers already in Virginia want to stay.[2][3]

Utility and electricity price increases

According to Martin, the reregulation of Appalachian Power by the legislature in 2007 allowed the utility to dramatically increase electric bills. Martin has testified before the state legislature on this issue, and continues to express concern for those on fixed incomes facing these rising costs.[3][2]

Uranium mining

Martin announced her opposition to uranium mining in the state in her initial declaration of candidacy, noting that she wanted to make her position known early in the campaign.[3][2]

Conflict of interest rules

Observing that local boards have conflict of interest rules and recusal requirements for issues that might present a conflict of interest, Martin said in her announcement that she was disappointed that no requirement apparently exists at the state legislative level. Martin pledged to work to create stronger conflict of interest rules for the legislature.[3][2]



Mary Martin announces her bid for the House of Delegates
See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Martin ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 14. Martin was defeated by incumbent Danny Marshall, III (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 14 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Marshall, III Incumbent 58.7% 12,336
     Democratic Gary P. Miller 38% 7,988
     Independent Mary S. Martin 3.2% 681
     Other Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 21,019

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Danny Marshall, III (R) was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2001, but this district bordering North Carolina split evenly between President Barack Obama (D) and presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) in 2012, which caused some to speculate about Marshall's chances for re-election ahead of November 2013. Marshall faced cardiologist and Danville Vice Mayor Gary P. Miller (D) and self-described conservative and former local school board member Martin, who criticized Marshall for voting to increase taxes.[5][6][7]

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