Ralph Smith (at podium) with Dave Sutterlein, far left

Ralph Smith (at podium) with Dave Sutterlein, far left

Republican State Senator Ralph Smith will NOT run this November for a third term, representing the 19th District that included parts of the Roanoke Valley … instead it will be his 30-year-old legislative aide, Dave Sutterlein … Smith made that surprise announcement this morning:

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Smith wouldn’t rule out a run for public office in the future … another thirty-something, Democrat Mike Hamlar, has already announced a run for the 19th District Senate seat as well.  Sutterlein paid homage to his mentor:

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