Monday, March 6, 2017

Ariel Lev, former CoLab director, joins Bryan Keele’s staff as campaign manager

Bryan Keele running for the HOD 8th district.

Salem, VA — Salem business owner Bryan Keele announced in late February that he is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 8th District.

In a press release Keele stated: “Throughout this campaign, Keele aims to help elevate individuals to financial independence. He is running as a Democrat with a “centrist” philosophy, using his own personal experience as an entrepreneur to offer support and opportunity to those seeking financial independence. Last week, Keele invited Ariel Lev to join his campaign as manager. Lev, a Roanoke resident, recently left her position as the Director of the CoLab to start her own business.

As director, Lev worked directly with small businesses and startups in the region. Under her leadership, the CoLab grew as a business and as a community resource. “I can trust Ariel because she knows and understands the challenges associated with business ownership. She is a true collaborator and proven messaging strategist,” said Keele. Keele knows about small business because he is a tried and true entrepreneur. He owns Accounting Techniques Inc. and Really Good Donuts, and has started other successful micro-businesses as well. Through these businesses, Keele has had the opportunity to get to know his neighbors. He is a trusted business and financial advisor as well as a knowledgeable business owner.

As CoLab Director, Lev was named Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2016 by the Roanoke Regional Chamber. She sees managing the Keele campaign as one more way to continue this work.”

“Bryan has an important goal: to help as many people as possible. Our decision to work together came naturally. We both see entrepreneurship as a viable option for financial independence. Bryan will advocate for his constituents and am excited to help him become the 8th district’s representative,” said Lev.

To find out more about the Keele campaign, visit or find Bryan on Facebook.

Steve McBride, 33, is also a Salem Democrat vying for the Democratic nomination. Democrats have chosen a primary to pick their candidate.

Del. Greg Habeeb in the 8th District House of Delegates is the incumbent Republican. Habeeb is a partner at Gentry Lock in Roanoke.

Habeeb wins in the 8th district – “it’s not about me” – Video


Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (1)

Dan Hubbard

March 6th, 2017 at 7:15 PM    

Makes sense! Democratic Party backed officials have paid Colab, LLC (a for-profit company) many thousands of tax payer dollars over the last several years. Keele has benefited from those dollars and that’s where he grew close to Ariel. Local politics are the most disgusting!

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