A third contender for the Republican nomination for retiring Del. Lacey Putney’s seat emerged Monday, a Moneta businessman touting term limits and tea party tendencies.
Jim McKelvey said he’ll make a run for his party’s nomination with a campaign trained on the issue of term limits. McKelvey made an unsuccessful bid in 2010 primary for the Fifth Congressional District seat, losing in the primary to Robert Hurt. He said he had considered a second congressional run, but that Putney’s retirement announcement nudged him to look instead at the House of Delegates.
McKelvey spoke Monday evening about his decision to seek his party’s nomination again. The following includes parts of an interview with him not included in the main story. It has been edited and condensed.
Q: How are you refocusing now that you’re looking to become a delegate?
A: It will be less difficult in that you spend two to two-and-a-half months in Richmond. The campaigning is going to be much shorter, and that was an attractive part of it. I literally had to put my life on hold to do what I did. I physically paid a price, I was literally sitting and talking and eating.
Q: Do your views still align with the tea party – what sets you apart?
A: Are our views similar? Sure. But the views of the Tea Party, their views depend upon which part of the country you’re coming from. I think, by and large, these are people who are just fed up with their parties.
Q: Why not run as an Independent?
A: I have explored that, but I’m a numbers man. Statistically speaking, being a member of one of the two parties, you’ll have a much better chance than running as an Independent. The money is behind the two parties.
Q: You still going to ride around in that big red, white and blue bus that you used in 2010?
A: That’s a damn good question. A few months ago we stripped it, I thought we were going to sell it. It’s getting ready to be re-wrapped – but moreso for the term limits. I want to have a walk on Richmond the second day in January. Demand the legislation and get it done.
Readers can read the full article about McKelvey’s announcement here.