Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Democratic Candidate for Roanoke County’s Windsor District – Video

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman

Sarah Goodman, a realtor with Barker Realty and mother of four, formally announced her candidacy for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor District. Her announcement was held at the  419 library Monday afternoon.

She was surrounded by Democratic supporters: Sheriff Gerald Holt, Commission of Revenue Steve McGraw, City Councilwoman Gwen Mason candidate for the 17th District House of Delegates, Pat Paterson who is running for the Vinton District against Mike Altizer, Charlene Waybright running in the Hollins District against Richard Flora. former Councilwoman Linda Wyatt, and the candidate for the 8th District Ginny Weisz who is opposing incumbent delegate Morgan Griffith.

Responsiveness, input,  and involvement by County residents is what Goodman offers.

Goodman’s priorities include “schools, smart roads and smart government.” She is currently Vice President of the PTA at Green Valley Elementary School. She wants Roanoke County to find ways to be more efficient by keeping taxes low while providing the same level of services. Goodman says she offers a fresh perspective with her platform.

She would have opposed the multi-gen center and would have sought input from residents for the replacement for the 419 main library.

She supports keeping Bent Mountain Elementary open and will “stridently oppose any effort to close it.”

From Goodman’s website (CLICK HERE) she states: 

“All of the six precincts in Windsor Hills have some common issues, but each precinct is also unique and has its own character and own set of issues.  A one-size-fits-all approach does not work for this district.  Each precinct deserves to have its concerns heard and valued.  If elected, Sarah will conduct citizen input meetings in each precinct.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, Roanoke County Politics, Video

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Comments (4)


June 23rd, 2009 at 3:45 PM    

Thanks again Valerie for covering all these events. I have a serious question about something in there. This is not some veiled shot at Ms. Goodman.

She mentions fighting to keep a particular school open. This is reminiscent of Mayor Bowers pledging to fight the proposed school closings in the City eventhough as Mayor, he’d have no oversight over such matters.

The question is whether, as a Supervisor, Ms. Goodman would have any such oversight over school closings? She can certainly oppose a closing regardless of whether she has a vote on the issue. I’m just curious whether the County structures its school oversight differently? I don’t know the answer so I’m curious and I’d be curious to hear Ms. Goodman expound further on what she believes the role of the Board should be in such matters. Thanks.


June 23rd, 2009 at 4:27 PM    

There is no difference between the authority that a member of the Board of Supervisors has in contrast to Roanoke City Council. However, the County elects its SB by district and the City SB is appointed by Council.

The authority of the County SB was brought out at the debate between McNamara and Elswick. McNamara made it clear they have no control and if the SB made the move to close Bent Mtn the BOS could do nothing. Just as City Council had no control over the recent school closing and the Forest Park repurposing.

Elswick said that the Supervisors hold the purse strings as does the City.


June 23rd, 2009 at 4:35 PM    


Thanks for the reply. Frankly, it sounds like County Supervisors actually have less control over the schools than the City Council in Roanoke. In the County, they just hold the purse strings. In the City, they hold the purse strings AND they have appointment power. I suppose which system is right or wrong is a debate for another day.



June 23rd, 2009 at 10:33 PM    

Both candidates seem to have an interest in “saving Bent Mountain school”, which is very important because these community centered schools are the heart of this country.
They put life back into the word”community”.

However,I think Ms. Goodman only mentioned Bent Mt Elem. School because she is looking for support ( votes) from the Bent Mt Community.

Bent Mt has never been of much interest to the people who don’t actually live up there.
Elswick seems to be so passionate in many areas and issues that are important. from keeping all of our County schools open, and running efficiently, keeping qualified teachers employed with the County system to realistically looking into the way our County spends our tax dollars. I believe he says, the County should run its budget, the same way a household does, checks and balances,(that has proven to work)
Elswick is financially sound,WITH 30 plus years as a FINANCIAL MANAGER , AND ALSO A TEACHER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

I DEFINITELY want ED at the realm next January,he knows his stuff, from school issues to taxes, to bond issues.

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