Chalk it up to an influx of new residents over the years or an energy gap between Republicans and Democrats, but more people voted for Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) than any other House of Delegates candidate in Virginia last Tuesday.
Marshall, whose district contains precincts in western Prince William County and lower Loudoun County, received 22,982 votes compared to Democrat John Bell's total of 14,472. That total, the largest in Marshall's legislative career, came even after the challenger outspent the nine-term incumbent by a six-to-one ratio.
"If people need help at the state government, I give them help," he said during a phone interview Monday. "If you multiply that times 18 years, that's a lot of people that you've helped."
Going into the 2010 General Assembly session, Marshall said he plans to reintroduce his autism funding bill, a transportation bond bill, and legislation designed to help Virginia spend money more efficiently.
His main goal for the General Assembly is "to get more for the money and the only way you're going to do that is to scrutinize at close range,” the way laws are being funded and implemented, he said.