The NRV must find a new Jim Shuler
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer. He is based in the New River Valley.
On Thursday, Del. Jim Shuler announced his retirement from the General Assembly at the end of the year. The New River Valley will lose a smart, compassionate and effective representative.
Many people know Shuler more for his long career as a Blacksburg veterinarian. Over the years, he probably won as many votes taking care of cats and dogs as he did with any particular policy position.
He served nine terms as a Democrat in the House of Delegates. That easily made him the senior statesman in the valley’s House delegation.