Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dave Trinkle receives endorsements for HOD Democratic nomination

Dave Trinkle announce his candidacy for the House of Delegates.

Dave Trinkle announce his candidacy for the House of Delegates.

On Wednesday Roanoke City Council member Dave Trinkle announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 11th district House of Delegates.  Trinkle has served on city council since 2006 with four of those years as Vice Mayor. Prior to that he served on the Roanoke City School Board. His council  term ends in July of 2014.

Mayor David Bowers introduced and endorsed Dr. Trinkle to 40 supporters. Senator John Edwards though unavailable at his announcement is endorsing him as well and will make it formal at a later date said Trinkle.

He said he came into city council during divisive and challenging times when the bickering over the fate of Victory Stadium was in full gear. Trinkle said, “it honestly became ridiculous.”

 He is proud of the just completed amphitheater and the decision to build two high school stadiums instead of renovating Victory Stadium. It was eventually demolished. “It took awhile – it took compromise and several capital improvement budgets … we changed course and I adapted to the course.”

Mayor Bowers introduces Dave Trinkle

Mayor Bowers introduces Dave Trinkle

Trinkle ran for city council in 2006 with two others, Alfred Dowe, Jr. and Gwen Mason, as an independent ticket “For the City.” They defeated both the Democratic and Republican tickets and eventually were welcomed back into Democratic arms.

Trinkle advocates for the arts and entertainment and bringing economic development to Roanoke. “We have to continue to have quality of life opportunities for our citizens with parks and greenways.”

His accomplishments while on council include investments in neighborhoods and offering incentives to  develop downtown housing while maintaining core city services. “All on my watch and with this great city council while reducing [Roanoke City’s] budget by 25%.”

Trinkle_annoucement2_webIf elected he said he will champion all efforts in Richmond to advance funding for education. Trinkle was on the team that devised a new city school funding formula. “Forty cents of every dollar of revenue is going straight to our city schools,” he said.

Trinkle and his wife Ann own three restaurants. He is in the process of selling his Fork in the City restaurant that will be used by Kissito Healthcare, Inc. for charitable purposes. He will keep his Fork in the Alley and Fork in the Market restaurants.

“It’s a tough environment in Richmond” and says he has faced tough times before both as a member of the school board and on city council while making difficult decisions. “I will be a strong, experienced and reasonable voice for the Roanoke Region in Richmond with a proven ability to facilitate progress in difficult times.”

Trinkle_annoucement6_webDave Trinkle’s family has a long-standing reputation in Roanoke. He is associate dean for community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research and geropsychiatric consultant to the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He served as president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia and the Roanoke Academy of Medicine and was appointed to the board of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services by former Governor, Mark Warner.

He emphasized Wednesday that “mental health needs locally and throughout Virginia need a lot of attention. I have a wealth of knowledge about mental health to take to Richmond.” He will continue Delegate Onzlee Ware’s legacy he said.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination are Vice Mayor Court Rosen, Sam Rasoul, Trish White-Boyd and Keith Wheaton. A firehouse primary is expected to be on December 7 or 14 said Trinkle. The Democratic City Committee will vote on it Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. in city council chambers.

As of now Sheriff Octavia Johnson is the sole Republican running for the seat.

Keith L. Wheaton withdraws – four other candidates file by today’s deadline

Octavia Johnson announces her candidacy for the 11th district HOD

Keith L. Wheaton enters the Democratic contest for 11th HOD seat

Trish White-Boyd vies for the 11th district HOD Democratic nomination

Sam Rasoul to run for Delegate Onzlee Ware’s seat in special election

Fork in the City, Kissito and a “community philanthropub”

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Joe Stanley

November 21st, 2013 at 12:27 AM    

Did he mention anything about paying his taxes? What will happen to the pizza oven the Roanoke city taxpayers footed the bill for in his Fork In The Market restaurant? Am I wrong or was that confiscated when he failed to pay his rent for the City owned Market Building?

Joe Stanley

November 21st, 2013 at 12:28 AM    

Wait, I am wrong. He kept the pizza oven.

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November 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 AM    

I’m sorry, but I will not be supporting David Trinkle for delegate.

He claimed support for a “meals tax” during his announcement – but just three years ago, he was delinquent on multiple occasions paying his taxes for his own restaurants! Talk about hypocrisy.

We need someone we can trust in Richmond and that’s NOT David Trinkle. No thanks.


November 25th, 2013 at 1:01 PM    

Trinkle said, “it honestly became rediculious.”

Is there an editor in the house?

Valerie Garner

November 25th, 2013 at 8:16 PM    

No Courtney there is no editor in the house except those who point out misspellings to me. Thank you.

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