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Roanoke's voter turnout up for council race, but still anemic compared with November elections

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Tuesday’s Roanoke City Council race boosted turnout compared with the last two May elections — by as much as 5 percentage points in some precincts — seemingly on the strength of enthusiasm for Democrats in the race.

VaNews May 3, 2018


Roanoke's David Bowers says he won't challenge Morgan Griffith

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Retiring Mayor David Bowers announced Monday he won’t seek the 9th District Congressional seat currently held by Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith.

VaNews February 23, 2016


Sherman Lea clinches Roanoke mayoral primary

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea edged his long-time Roanoke City Council colleague David Trinkle in Saturday’s Democratic firehouse primary to become his party’s nominee for mayor and positioning himself to become just the second black mayor in the city. Lea, 63, riding an effort to marshal voters out of his home Northwest quadrant with vans and church buses and dozens of volunteers, topped Trinkle by 134 votes in surprisingly high turnout.

VaNews February 15, 2016


Incumbents affirmed in Roanoke City Council race

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Voters returned all three Roanoke City Council incumbents to their seats for another term Tuesday in a race one of them termed “a referendum on the direction of the city.” “I think the direction that council as a whole has taken the city has been affirmed,” said independent Ray Ferris. “We have a mandate to continue to move the city forward in a positive direction.”

VaNews May 7, 2014


Spending is polarizing issue in Roanoke City Council race

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Are we talking about the same city here? Is it Roanoke, beneficiary of a recent bond rating upgrade to AA+, due in part to its “strong financial management?” That’s the Roanoke three incumbent Roanoke City Council members running for re-election see. Or is it Roanoke, the potential “next Detroit,” with a city council suffering from a “spending and borrowing addiction” and “massive challenges,” as the Republican ticket put it in a recent news release?

VaNews April 21, 2014


Roanoke council race hinges on downtown

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Start in the Roanoke City Market Building, renovated and reopened in 2011. Head south and cross Market Square, still dusty from a $1.1?million renovation that’s just wrapping up. Keep going, past the Market Garage, soon to be topped by a 127-room hotel, and enter Elmwood Park, just transformed by a $7 million overhaul into an outdoor festival and music venue. That four-block stroll brings into sharp focus the attention paid to the city’s center by Roanoke’s government in recent years.

VaNews April 7, 2014


Roanoke councilman Trinkle enters 5-way race for House nomination

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The already congested field for the Democratic nomination to fill the just vacated 11th District House of Delegates seat got more crowded Wednesday with Roanoke Councilman David Trinkle's announcement he would join the fray.

VaNews November 21, 2013