Mayor David Bowers closes chapter that started as high school dream

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mayor David Bowers closes chapter that started as high school dream

Leaving the “Catbird Seat” (see photo slideshow bottom) Mayor David Bowers has practiced law for 38 years, has been on city council for 24 years with 16 of those years serving as mayor. As a youngster he was inspired to become mayor when he met Mayor Benton Dillard at the Civic Center groundbreaking. Bowers was […]

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Top spots go to Mayor-elect Sherman Lea and Vice Mayor-elect Anita Price

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Top spots go to Mayor-elect Sherman Lea and Vice Mayor-elect Anita Price

Sherman Lea Sr. was the only candidate on the ballot but write-in candidate Martin Jeffrey nipped a bit into his totals. It is suspected that some of the write-in numbers went to Dave Trinkle. Lea though received the lions-share at over 82 percent. The Democrat’s party was held at the Taaza restaurant in Grandin Village. […]

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South Roanoke Neighborhood forum puts questions to council candidates

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

South Roanoke Neighborhood forum puts questions to council candidates

South Roanoke Neighborhood president Barbara Duerk began the candidate forum with a “listen and learn” to give attendees a chance to voice concerns they had that candidates should take into consideration. They ran the gamut from speeding on Avenham Avenue to the expected traffic congestion from the Carilion Clinic expansion. Mr. Bradshaw, a resident, summed […]

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Late write-in candidate for Roanoke city council enters the race

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Late write-in candidate for Roanoke city council enters the race

Jim Garrett, 58, is a 21 year infantry veteran who began an Internet company named HOVAC.COM, that he later sold to Ntelos. He then founded Kinex Telecom. Garrett ran as a Republican in 2014 with Roger Malouf and Hank Benson. They lost to independent incumbents Ray Ferris, Bill Bestpitch and Democrat Dave Trinkle. He explained […]

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Dykstra, Garland, Price for council and Lea for mayor endorsed by Business Leaders Fund

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dykstra, Garland, Price for council and Lea for mayor endorsed by Business Leaders Fund

In a press release today the Business Leadership Fund (BLF), a political action committee representing the regional business community, is pleased to announce its endorsement of the following Roanoke City candidates: Michelle Dykstra, John Garland and incumbent Anita Price for city council and Sherman Lea for mayor. Mr. Victor Iannello, chairman of the Business Leadership […]

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City council candidate Duane Howard reverses position on sanctuary cities

Sunday, April 3, 2016

City council candidate Duane Howard reverses position on sanctuary cities

Duane Howard, one of three independent candidates for Roanoke city council praised Congressman Bob Goolatte’s chastisement of city council’s “yes” answer to a “yes or no” question – “should Roanoke become a “sanctuary city. Transgender, Planned Parenthood questions posed to council candidates Howard said, “I would call upon all the other candidates to seriously rethink […]

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Freeda Cathcart tells Rep. Goodlatte to pass immigration reform

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Freeda Cathcart tells Rep. Goodlatte to pass immigration reform

Democratic candidate for Roanoke city council, Freeda Cathcart, responded to Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s reaction to city council candidate’s answers to Roanoke becoming a “Sanctuary City.” All candidates responded to the “yes or no” answer at Thursday’s forum saying “yes” that they would support Roanoke becoming a “Sanctuary City.” Transgender, Planned Parenthood questions posed to council […]

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Transgender, Planned Parenthood questions posed to council candidates

Friday, April 1, 2016

Transgender, Planned Parenthood questions posed to council candidates

The Park Dance Club, a well-known gay bar on Salem Avenue was the location for a Roanoke City Council candidate forum hosted by the Citizens’ Convention. The Citizens’ Convention objective is to unite all areas of the city and have all voices valued and heard. All the candidates attended except Democratic council member Sherman Lea […]

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Democrats rally in unity before tonight’s forum

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Democrats rally in unity before tonight's forum

At noon in the Municipal Building Stephen Niamke, Roanoke City Democratic Chair brought together not only the successful firehouse primary candidates for mayor and council but those who ran and didn’t quite make the cut. Niamke said he had heard from all eight of the primary candidates and they are all united behind Democratic council […]

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Mark Lucas independent for Roanoke City Council withdraws

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mark Lucas independent for Roanoke City Council withdraws

Local entrepreneur and business owner Mark Lucas, 51, announced today that he is withdrawing from the Roanoke City Council race scheduled for May 3, 2016. Lucas ran for mayor as a Republican against Mayor David Bowers in 2012 and almost succeeded. With Bowers not running for reelection in 2016, the only candidate for mayor is […]

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Roanoke City Republican chair looks for 2018 council candidates

Friday, February 26, 2016

Roanoke City Republican chair looks for 2018 council candidates

John Brill, the Roanoke City Republican Chair, sent out somewhat of an explanation for Kevin Settles withdrawal from nomination for mayor. Brill stated, “There was an individual who submitted paperwork to run for the Republican nomination for mayor. While investigating certain discrepancies with his filing, the individual decided to withdraw from consideration. The filing period […]

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Roanoke City Democratic Executive Committee defends Feb. 13 firehouse primary

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Roanoke City Democratic Executive Committee defends Feb. 13 firehouse primary

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee (RCDC) and its Executive Committee express our concern for voters who experienced difficulty during the recent primary election, our pride at the energy and deportment of our volunteer workers, and our disappointment with some of the commentary that has ensued in the press and on social media. Stephen Niamke, chair […]

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