Saturday, February 4, 2012

Bowers wins over Rasoul in Democratic firehouse primary

Rasoul congratulates Bowers on his win.

Incumbent Mayor David Bowers vote total was 867 and his challenger Sam Rasoul came in at 526. The total votes in today’s primary was 1396 said Roanoke City Party Chair Joann Edmunds.

Commonwealth Attorney Don Caldwell closed the doors promptly at 3:00 p.m. Each candidate had an observer during the count. Bowers had councilman Ray Ferris and Rasoul had his sister Sue Rasoul.

Two people who called themselves Republicans were turned away when they refused to sign the loyalty vote. One made it through to the registration table said Gary Crawford, 6th district chair. He said all in all things went smooth. There were some “nasty remarks” made to both candidates by a few voters he said.

According to one voter Susan Hall two women argued and did not want to sign the oath. They said they were “not Democrats” they were “Americans” and they voted for the person. They conceded and signed the oath marking through the part that said “I am a Democrat.”

In the 2008 firehouse primary where councilman Court Rosen was the top vote-getter 1700 participated at Patrick Henry High School per Rosen. The almost 1400 voters that showed up at William Fleming between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. were substantial in that it was only a mayoral primary. All three incumbent Democratic council members were unchallenged.

After the count Joan Washburn campaign manager for Bowers told Sam Rasoul “you ran a really good race.” Bowers was gracious in his short acceptance speech shaking Rasoul’s hand and praising him.

Bowers told the Roanoke Free Press he took his challenger seriously. Now, he said, he will spend Sunday morning at early mass at St. Andrews then kick back by the fireplace and watch the Super Bowl. He will be back at work Monday for a 9:00 a.m. council briefing and 2:00 council meeting.

Rasoul though disappointed said he was looking forward to a birthday party for his two young girls born a year apart in February. He said he would continue to live in the city and has not ruled out another political office run in the future.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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Comments (3)

Rick Howell

February 4th, 2012 at 9:10 PM    


I’m very glad that David won….now he can move forward, along with our other Democratic city council candidates and offer the city a positive choice in May. He may not even have a GOP or independent challenger then. As for Sam Rasoul, well, some who read the Free Press may be aware of my past role with him. I was briefly his campaign manager in 2007, but left and later worked for Drew Richardson. I was happy to have a cordial conversation with Sam today, and I believe he can be a positive force in the party and in the city in the future. Surely, fatherhood has matured him quite a bit, and I hope he will continue to grow, personally and politically. No one has demonstrated more loyalty and dedication to Roanoke than David Bowers. He deserves re-election in May, and I’ll be happy to vote for him again.

Jack Mcguire

February 5th, 2012 at 8:22 AM    


Why in the world does Bowers deserve re election.Higher taxes,reduced trash pickup,reduced bus service,cant keep the grass cut.Yea..more,more, more. Bowers is a ribbon cutter period
And all these folks running “together” is a sickening do nothing clique.

Tom Jefferson

February 9th, 2012 at 4:47 AM    


Progressives have been in control of Roanoke for far too long. As a result, Roanoke has an educational system that is in shambles, a tax system that discourages business growth, and a decaying infrastructure that greatly reduces quality of life for citizens.

The progressive Democrat way of doing things means communities go to pieces while the people in a community see their futures darken. If you want prosperity, you must create opportunity. To create opportunity you need to strengthen the educational system–not by paying teachers more to do less but by instituting performance-based benefits and salaries–and you must bring in businesses. You won’t do either of these things by spending and taxing more. The best way a government can create opportunities is by simply doing those things government is meant to do (education, infrastructure, and criminal justice to name a few) well and leaving everything else alone.

Government–at all levels–needs to get the heck out of the way. Until Roanokers learn that government is the reason Roanoke is on the decline, Roanoke will continue to be an ever more dysfunctional and dismal place in which to live and work.

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