Monday, June 10, 2013

Roanoke County Democrats nominate Board of Supervisors candidate for the Hollins District

Brian Lang, candidate for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Hollins district.

Brian Lang, candidate for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Hollins district.

Monday night at the 7:00 p.m. Roanoke County Democratic caucus Brian Lang was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the Board of Supervisors seat in the Hollins District. This creates a three-way race between the Republican candidate Al Bedrosian and independent Gary Jarrell.

Brian Lang is chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Committee. Lang in a phone call said he will keep his third-term chairmanship throughout the campaign.

Lang, 45 is a mechanical engineer at Yokohama Tire Corporation in Salem. He has lived in Roanoke County’s Hollins District for 21 years.

Lang said he will concentrate on his own platform. “I’ll be flushing out my platform in the near future,” he said. It will be a positive campaign and focus on Roanoke County being “a wonderful place to live.”

“We’ve got far more going right than we have going wrong. I look at it as an opportunity to build on the strengths that we already have,” said Lang. A date for his formal announcement has yet to be determined.

Senator John Edwards said Lang will make and excellent candidate and has his full support.

His campaign will place a heavy emphasis on both recruiting employers to Roanoke County and taking care of employers already here he said. He hasn’t yet defined his plan for Storm Water Management in the county. That is sure to be a topic in all the campaigns.

The Republican firehouse primary ended in a draw – both Al Bedrosian and Mike Bailey received 389 votes each on May 11. A drawing was held the following Tuesday and Al Bedrosian who is considered the tea party candidate won.

Independent Gary Jarrell is on the Roanoke County Planning Commission and has the endorsement of Hollins district board member Richard Flora who is stepping down from his seat.

There are no Democratic candidates for the other contests in the Vinton district and Windsor district. Republican Jason Peters is unopposed in the Vinton district. In the Windsor district there will be a rematch between incumbent board member Ed Elswick who dropped the Republican Party label and Joe McNamara winner of the May 11 Republican Primary.

McNamara wins Windsor – drawing will decide Hollins Tuesday

The luck of the draw goes to Al Bedrosian

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, Roanoke County Politics

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