Living in the Roanoke Valley, I have had the opportunity to watch both candidates for 6th district chair. Both have chaired local units here and both candidates are good organizers and great people.
After careful consideration, I have decided to endorse Trixie Averill for the 6th district chair.
I believe Trixie Averill is clearly the better candidate for the following reasons:
EXPERIENCE - I have admired Trixie's leadership since joining the party in 1993. Nobody has worked harder and put in more long hours up and down the Valley than her.
ENERGY - Trixie is the ultimate cheerleader for her candidates. We need that enthusiasm and positive attitude in our Chairman as well.
TIME - Trixie is retired and since her kids are grown and have left home, she can do the job of 6th district chairman full time. We need a full time chair.
A UNIFIER - This is a critical role. I believe Trixie is respected by just about all members of the district and people feel they can work with her. Trixie and I have supported different candidates in the primary before. I can say she always treats every Republican with respect and dignity. I have never seen her trash any of our candidates, even those she did not support during the primary.
Trixie is respected and liked across the state by many people. That is why the State Central Committee voted her the Vice Chairman of RPV for Western Virginia.
Greg Habeeb has served the past year as City of Salem chair. He has grown that committee admirably. I sat down with Greg earlier this week. I told him that I believe his skills and demeanor are better suited for running for public office. Greg's aggressive nature is ideal for facing a Democrat opponent. For our 6th district chair, however, we need a person who can unite us.
As a member of the 6th district committee, I have witnessed a certain amount of pain and division among our ranks recently. The most immediate job our incoming 6th district chairman will have is unifying our party. We MUST have somebody with the temperament and fair-mindedness to do that.....they must be respected by all and not approach this job with a political agenda. Our chairman must be somebody who will put the district ahead of any personal agenda or resume-building, as well.... Somebody who can work well with our elected leaders but equally well with our grassroots workers and stand up for them.
Quite frankly, being on the RPV state central committee, I would have preferred not to endorse in this race. Taking a stand is sometimes a hard thing to do when you like all the candidates. However, the 6th district chair is a very critical role right now. We must choose the right person.
I have faith and confidence that Trixie Averill is the right leader we need as 6th district chairman. I urge you to consider supporting her as well.