Friday, February 17, 2012

Slim pickin’s for Roanoke City council candidates

Mark Lucas

According to Chris Walters, Roanoke City Republican Chair, no candidates have come forward to seek the Republican nomination for Roanoke City Council. The deadline was Thursday, February 16.

There had been two candidates mentioned earlier by Walters but they have decided not to move forward. That leaves Mark Lucas as the only Republican candidate. He announced his candadacy for mayor on Monday.

According to the registrar, Laverne Shepherd, Lucas dropped by Thursday and filed some of his required paperwork. Independent council candidate, Brandon Bushnell still needs 21 petition signatures and Statement of Economic Interest to be certified, said Shepherd. He and any other Independent candidate has until March 6 to file with the registrar.

Bushnell said he will be making his announcement on Saturday, February 25 – time and place to be announced.

The three incumbent Democratic council candidates Court Rosen, Anita Price and Sherman Lea make up a full Democratic ticket for the May 1 election. Incumbent Democrat  Mayor Bowers has some campaigning to do to fend off his Republican opponent Mark Lucas. Bowers in an intraparty challenge won over Sam Rasoul in a firehouse primary on February 4.

Bowers and Lucas will meet in a forum March 8 hosted by the Greater Raleigh Court Civic League.

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Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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