Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Former Council members endorse Douglas Walker for Commissioner of Revenue



Republican candidate, Douglas Walker announced today that two former members of Roanoke City Council are endorsing his bid for election as the City of Roanoke’s Commissioner of the Revenue. Walker is challenging Democrat incumbent Sherman Holland.

Holland’s office has undergone previous scrutiny from the media for lack of transparency in response to Municipal Auditor Drew Harmon’s report in 2005. Last week at the Southeast Action Forum Holland attributed the reports to media grandizing.

In a press release Wednesday:

“Brenda McDaniel and Bev Fitzpatrick both have endorsed my campaign,” stated Walker. “I am most grateful for their belief in me and my efforts to serve the citizens of Roanoke as their Commissioner.”

Fitzpatrick and McDaniel said as former members of council, they have a particular awareness of the need to have equity in the assessment of business and industry in the City of Roanoke and applaud Walker’s promise to conduct an audit of the Commissioner’s office.

They added, “An audit should be the cornerstone of any department taking the taxpayers’ funding. It is needed to ensure that each business in the city is treated equitably and that all are paying their appropriate tax obligations. We believe that Douglas Walker understands this. His promise to conduct an audit is refreshing and meets the standard of integrity we taxpayers should expect.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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