Sam Rasoul and wife Layaly
Half the salary he receives as delegate will go back to local charities pledged Sam Rasoul at his announcement Monday.
Dr. Marylen Harmon, Rasoul’s third grade teacher said Sam would cross cultural and racial divides. “This was a good diverse group today” said Dr. Harmon as she surveyed the diverse culture of the 50 people gathered at Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles.
Rasoul said he was pleased to have diverse support – “not just the color of our skin but our backgrounds … people from all socioeconomic classes that really represent all quadrants of the city and that’s what I’m about.”
Delegate Onzlee Ware announced Thursday that he was resigning his House of Delegates seat, citing his mother’s health as the primary reason. Rasoul thanked Ware for his years of service, his work to bring Amtrak to Roanoke and vowed to continue legislating using his example.
Dr. Marylen Harmon
Economic equality was one of three main points he will emphasize in his campaign he said. Rasoul recounted his school days when he was embarrassed by being on “free lunch” but with help he was able to achieve success. He added that equality of healthcare, gender and sexual orientation was just as important. His second campaign point was education. The SOLs didn’t allow teachers to teach “like Dr. Harmon taught me,” he said. His third point was cooperation, civil discourse and working with Republicans who represent other parts of Southwest Virginia. “We have to get things done.”
Sam Rasoul was raised in Roanoke and comes from a family of small business owners. Sam has worked in the non-profit healthcare industry as CFO of Kissito Heathcare, Inc. and as COO of the International Nongovernmental Organization Kissito Healthcare International. He holds an M.B.A. with a focus in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University. He is currently a small business consultant.
He and his wife, Layaly, have three children and live in the Northwest area of Roanoke City. He ran unsuccessfully for congress against Rep. Bob Goodlatte in 2008 and for Roanoke City mayor in 2012 losing to incumbent Mayor David Bowers in a Democratic Primary.
Councilman Dave Trinkle will announce his candidacy Wednesday at 11:15 in Elmwood Park Williamson Road side. Vice Mayor Court Rosen, Trish White-Boyd and Keith Wheaton are also vying for the Democratic nomination. Sheriff Octavia Johnson is the only Republican who has said she is running for the seat. Johnson lost to Tim Allen Nov. 5 sheriff’s contest.
The Roanoke City Democratic Committee will vote Thursday on holding a “caucus” on December 7 and identify the time and the place.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
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