Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) issued the following statement Thursday on Delegate Ben Chafin's selection as the Republican nominee in the 38th Senate District:
"Congratulations to Ben on securing the Republican nomination in Virginia's 38th Senate District. I have immensely enjoyed getting to know Ben over the last year. During his time in the House of Delegates, he has proven himself a talented, capable, and hard working legislator. I am sad to see him leave the House, but I know he will make a great Senator.
"I also want to thank the party leaders and volunteers who successfully organized tonight's mass meeting, as well as the over 800 voters who turned out to participate. The incredible turnout demonstrates the passion and enthusiasm of Republicans across Southwest Virginia. I know that passion and enthusiasm will be an integral part of making sure that Ben Chafin is elected as Virginia's 21st Republican Senator."