Thursday, January 19, 2012

Councilman Sherman Lea kicks off his campaign

Councilman Sherman Lea, Sr.


It is campaign season in Roanoke City and the Democrats for the moment seem to have the upper hand with their get-along ticket of Democrats. The Claude Moore Education Complex hosted incumbent Democrat Sherman Lea’s campaign kick off Wednesday evening.

The Democrats numbered over 100 with council members, school board and clergy attending. Lea is an elder in Garden of Prayer No 7. His pastor Bishop Shadrack Brown said, “Elder Lea is the greatest man I know … Roanoke has become much better because of the dream of our councilman.”

Councilwoman Anita Price spoke about how important it was to have a united ticket. Councilman Court Rosen said that this team “is getting things done.”

Rosen recounted when he and Lea had a heated exchange over a major issue when he first came on council. Rosen said afterward that they healed the rift and Lea told him that they were elected to get things done and not be political. “From that day on I think we worked as a wonderful partnership.”

Lea gave credit to his wife Clara. They have been married for 35 years. His two children Sherman Lea, Jr. who served as MC, his daughter Erica Lea Rosser a teacher at William Byrd Middle School and his three grandchildren were by his side.

“I served on council when there was bitterness … they wouldn’t speak to each other,” said Lea. Those were very difficult and dark days he said.. It is different now though “some of us differ because our backgrounds are different.”

Erica, Sherman, Clara, Sherman Jr. and grandchildren

Lea recounted when Rosen called him with his “meals tax” increase idea for the schools. Lea said he asked him “can we call it anything else but a tax?” Rosen talked him into it and they both agreed that they couldn’t let the schools lose teachers.

“It takes courage … we put our head on the chopping block” said Lea.

Lea emphasized that “if the school system is not where it should be” economic development won’t follow and people won’t come. He said that the Forest Park School re-purposing was not an easy decision. The school now adds to the graduation rate by rescuing students on the verge of dropping out.

Lea is responsible for the Western Virginia Education Classic football fundraiser that over a 10-year period has given 900 dropouts a chance to receive their GED or certificate.

Domestic violence has been another initiative he has championed. “A lot of things like these are under the radar,” he said. Public service is all about “making a difference in the community.” Lea said that council would be helping people with things like tax relief for seniors – “these are difficult economic times.”

“I have the energy … I love the city … this council is approachable,” said Lea.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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

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Comments (6)

Jack Mcguire

January 19th, 2012 at 7:17 PM    

They always use this method.. remember how they did u Val( by they I mean Council Members last election). Shut out the outsider. Gang up.

Mike James

January 20th, 2012 at 2:41 PM    

I seem to remember a “MISTAKE” made by a Lea person that was reported by the news there, something about double billings the city and the state. Is this the same person and if so, is the “MISTAKE” STILL GOING ON, as it always been business as usual there in Roanoke. I am so grateful that moved away when I retired, if not all the “MISTAKES” made by the city would have taken all I have now, but I just refused to pay for their “MISTAKES” OUT OF MY POCKET! Perhaps the voters will remember, but they never have.


January 20th, 2012 at 5:59 PM    

The story as I recall Mike was as an issue with Lea not using vacation time or clocking out while in council related meetings. During a tough budget year there were many meetings outside of briefings and council meetings, etc. Lea claimed he had difficulty keeping up with “clocking out” on so many different meetings. He made restitution and all was forgiven.

Jack Mcguire

January 21st, 2012 at 4:16 PM    

Lea got away with double dipping. Doesn’t mean we want more of it. Leas whole thing is racism. Every decision he makes is all about the “black” community, not the community as a whole. Of course he did make one vote that was for only one member of said community. When all other Council members voted to reduce their salaries he voted “no”.. The man cant even write an email. Ive kept a few he sent me. Oh brother great example against public schooling. He is an oaf and a buffoon. Speak to him and youll know that in 2 seconds.

Jacks N Ass

January 22nd, 2012 at 1:40 AM    

Jack. You are a mean-spirited, disrespectful and miserable jerk. Who cares about your dislike- you are childish and pathetic to make low down and personal comments.

You are a miserable human being.

Jack Mcguire

January 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 AM    

The truth hurts but nevertheless remains.

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