Monday, December 14, 2009

Dr. Dave Trinkle confirms he will seek reelection for council seat

Councilman Dave Trinkle

Councilman Dave Trinkle

Councilman Dave Trinkle announced today he will run for reelection to a Roanoke City council seat. He will seek nomination for one of three seats in the March 2 Democratic primary.

Dr. Trinkle who is a geriatric psychiatrist for Carilion hospitals ran as an independent along with Gwen Mason and Alfred Dowe, Jr. four years ago. The three ran as an independent ticket opposing the Democratic ticket of former Senator Granger MacFarlane, former council member William White and former Mayor David Bowers in the 2006 election cycle. Bowers was elected Mayor as an independent in 2008.

Trinkle joined the Democratic City Committee, as did Gwen Mason. Mason has not revealed whether she will seek reelection. Mason is recovering from a resounding defeat running for retiring Virginia 17th District William Fralin’s seat. Republican William Cleaveland was elected to replace Fralin in the November 3 election.

Trinkle most recently struggled with a perceived conflict of interest issue when his property, the Shenandoah building was the top pick to receive stimulus funding bonds that filtered through the state. He withdrew his project from consideration last week.

At the Thursday, Dec. 10 Democratic reorganization former council member Bill Bestpitch was passing around petitions to run in the Democratic primary.

Another independent candidate is surfacing. Colonel Robert Craig a long-time critic of Roanoke’s financial management has begun to formulate his campaign. Rumored Democratic, Republican and independent candidate names abound as they jockey for position.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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December 15th, 2009 at 8:44 AM    

Valerie, when will you be announcing your candidacy? Rumor is you’re going to run.

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