Sunday, November 24, 2013

Incumbent city council members break their primary promise – taxpayers on the hook again

moneyThe last Democratic primary cost the city of Roanoke $30,000. The incumbent council member(s) pick the means by which a primary is conducted. In 2009 the only incumbent was then Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle. The other candidates were myself, Bill Bestpitch and Ray Ferris.

A question was posed to all candidates (including myself) by now Deputy Registrar Deirdre Martin at a Roanoke City Democratic Committee meeting for a March 2, 2010 primary. Martin was dismayed at the cost to the city. All candidates swore they would not hold another costly low turnout primary for a city council seat again and instead opt for a firehouse primary conducted by the Roanoke City Democratic Committee.

It is costly for local office primary candidates to run a 32 precinct campaign. It is cost prohibitive for candidates to run as Democrats in a citywide primary. The purpose is to run interference and keep other potential candidates from entering the contest.

The turnout in the 2010 primary was less then 3%. The cost was more than $6 per primary voter. Trinkle at the time felt that more people would turnout if all precincts were available for voting so he said.

It looks like none of the incumbent candidates have learned their lesson nor lived up to their vow to save city taxpayers $30,000. So EVERY Roanoke City citizen should vote in the primary. No matter your party affiliation YOU are paying for it. That is the point as many Republicans vote for a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) candidate.

Who are the DINOs. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out. An open primary guarantees the DINO will be elected. Those Democrats not paying attention will vote automatically for the DINO and the Republicans who know better and have received the “underground” word know exactly what to do.

As you know since Roanoke City goes Democrat for city council. It is almost guaranteed that the winner of the primary will be your city council member. That makes the winner of the Democratic Primary that much more important as they will be your representative.

It has been confirmed by at least one other council member that Dave Trinkle will not run for a third term whether he wins the House of Delegates seat or not. That leaves one open seat with Bill Bestpitch and Ray Ferris planning to run for reelection. Should Vice Mayor Court Rosen be elected to fill Onzlee Ware’s HOD seat then besides a temporary appointment until July 1, 2014 there would be a forth 2-year term seat to be filled in the May election.

Roanoke Councilmania May 2014 – seating is still available

ROANOKE, VA- Per VA Code Section 24.2.516, the Roanoke City Democratic Committee notified the State Board of Elections on November 1, 2013 that a direct primary will be held on March 4, 2014 for the purpose of nominating candidates for 3 seats on the Roanoke City Council.

Per VA Code Section 24.2-522, any persons interested in running in the Democratic primary must file a primary filing fee receipt, a declaration of candidacy and petitions of qualified voter forms with the Democratic Party Chairperson beginning as early as noon, Monday, December 2, 2013 but no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2013.  

Filings shall be made either in person or by mail with the Chairperson of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee, JoAnn Edmunds, 2111 Carter Rd.Roanoke, VA25015.  The Chairperson or her representative will be available to collect declarations and filing fees receipt at 5:00 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2013 at the front door of the Noel C. Taylor Building 215 Church Avenue Roanoke, VA 24011.

Per VA Code Section 24.2-527, the Democratic Party Chair must certify the qualified primary candidates to the State Board of Elections and the local electoral board by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

The Democratic Primary will be held to select nominees for the expiring terms of incumbents Bill Bestpitch, Ray Ferris and David Trinkle.

The general election for these seats will be held on May 6, 2014

Any interested candidates may access the State Board of Elections website at to obtain candidate and campaign finance information and forms

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2014, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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Comments (1)

Terry Huxhold

November 24th, 2013 at 10:22 PM    

I guess this is there way of blocking Southeast from running a candidate knowing we are looking for one. Shame on them.

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