The Lynchburg News Advance has done candidate profiles for both GOP Primary Candidates in the 23rd House of Delegates District. Financial Advisor, Jeff Helgeson, has much closer ties to Liberty University and has received money from Delegate Kathy Byron (R-Campbell Co.). Retired Surgeon, Scott Garrett, is the least conservative of the two but has strong ties to the Lynchburg community.
The News Advance has also done a rundown of how both have voted on some of the most controversial issues over the last few years. The winner of the June 9th Primary will face Delegate Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg). This seat was held by former Delegate and current Kaine Administration Official Preston Bryant (R-Lynchburg). This is one of the seats that the Democratic Party has to hold if they are going to get the six seat needed to regain control of the House of Delegates.