As of yesterday’s deadline to file as a Democrat running in the March 4 primary Roanoke City Council ceased to have a majority of Democrats on the dais.
Council members Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch announced that they will be running in the May 6 election as Independents. The tally of Democrats represented on Roanoke City Council was reduced to five. Ferris and Bestpitch essentially resigned from the Democratic Party.
However, both the Democratic Mayor David Bowers and Democrat David Trinkle jumped off the Democratic ship with Ferris and Bestpitch. They have thrown their support behind both Independent incumbent councilmen. That leaves only three Democrats on Roanoke City Council – Sherman Lea, Anita Price and Vice Mayor Court Rosen. That is unless they too purge themselves of the Democratic label.
The Roanoke City Democratic Committee bylaws are clear.
REVOCATION OF MEMBERSHIP – No Democratic committee member or officer of any Democratic committee shall publically support, endorse, or assist any candidate opposed to a Democratic nominee.
Dave Trinkle and David Bowers are no longer members of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee as they have publicly stated their support for Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch in emails and in print.
Bill Bestpitch and Ray Ferris found it convenient to call themselves Democrats when they first ran in the 2010 Democratic Primary. No one heard them complaining about it being expensive or inconvenient then to garner Democratic support in a very Democratic city.
They are too good for the Democratic Party now and they don’t need the label or the inconvenience of paying the filing fee. Voters should take note of all four. Did they do a good job while on city council. Maybe yes and maybe no but they are for sure opportunists and have baggage to boot.
As far as the now default Democrats on the ticket, Freeda Cathcart and former council member Linda Wyatt – neither of them should get too comfy with falling into the May 6 election.
However, both are on the RCDC and should insist that all four be thrown off the Democratic committee. In that case Dave Trinkle is NOT – I repeat NOT a Democratic nominee in the race. The Democratic ticket lacks one candidate.
If there ever was a time for a Republican to gain a seat on city council it is now.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2014, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: city_council, democrat, Election 2014, Elections, Independent