Chair "Butch" Church and Supervisor Charlotte Moore
UPDATE: May 23: The two potential Republican candidates for BOS Cave Spring district are George Assaid and Stan Seymour.
The Roanoke County Republican Committee has formed a recruitment committee for the upcoming 2011 elections for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. They have already met with several potential candidates.
“They have met with several of them so far and they have vetted well,” said Mike Bailey Chair of the Roanoke County Republican Committee.
Most interest is coming from the Cave Spring district where Charlotte Moore holds the seat. Moore was elected as a Democrat but converted to an Independent. She serves with two other Independents that were elected as Republicans. Ed Elswick, Vice-Chair is one Republican convert but his term is not up for another two years.
Chairman “Butch” Church who represents the Catawba district is the other reformed Republican up for reelection this year. Church wasn’t conservative enough to suit Republicans and he doesn’t like being told how to vote.
Bailey thinks most people in his district are tired of him. There are interested candidates in his district too but not as many as in Cave Spring he explained.
Some potential candidates are private business owners and some are employees who know business. “All have experience dealing with the government,” said Bailey.
The recruitment committee will announce the vetted candidates toward the end of June and by mid-July the Republican Committee will decide on the election process to pick their candidate for both districts.
The only declared candidate is Carter Turner. He ran against then Delegate Morgan Griffith as a Democrat. Turner is running for the Catawba district as an Independent. Probably a wise choice if he can shake off the memory of the “D.”
For Moore and Church we will see how the switch to Independent helps or hurts their chances. Church won once as an Independent but for Moore it will be a test.
Are Catawba residents tired of Church as Baily claims? Did Moore burn her bridges with Democrats? If they are doing a good job for their constituents will party matter? This could be a sign that local offices should shake off the party label.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, Roanoke County Politics
Tags: board_of_supervisors, democrat, Election 2011, Elections, Independent, party_politics, republican