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.
Resurgent Roanoke Democrats recaptured a majority of the Roanoke City Council on Tuesday and delivered historic diversity to the body.
Joe Cobb and Djuna Osborne ran away from the field with more than a fifth of the vote each, while incumbent Bill Bestpitch captured a new term. Incumbent Ray Ferris, an independent, was ousted and came in fifth, less than 200 votes behind Democrat Robert Jeffrey Jr. Independents Grover Price and Shawn Hunter finished far back.
The voter registrar’s office in Roanoke is investigating after a report by The Washington Post found some city voters may have cast ballots in the wrong House of Delegates district in the November elections.
The Post found a large concentration of mismatches between the state House map and address points in neighborhoods around Roanoke and the 17th House District.
Republican Chris Head will represent the 17th House of Delegates district for a fourth term after brushing aside a challenge from Democrat Djuna Osborne Tuesday.
As a marathoner, Djuna Osborne never ran or drove the course before race day.
Although some runners want an advance feel for every twist, turn and hill, Osborne waited until the starter’s pistol fired to hit the ground running.
Politically, she’s operating the same way.
For Del. Chris Head, this election cycle is all about Republicans taking back the governorship and with it, the power to control executive vetoes of legislation.
As he rallied a group of volunteers for a full day of door-knocking one crisp late summer morning, Head talked more about the statewide Republican ticket than himself.
Four founders of the General Assembly’s Business Development Caucus, including former Del. Mike Watson of Williamsburg, are launching a new political action committee to raise the profile of business issues.
One of the organizers of the Women’s March on Roanoke has filed to run against Del. Chris Head.
Djuna (Juna) Osborne, a Democrat, will oppose Head, R-Botetourt, for Virginia’s House of Delegates 17th District seat.
Osborne, 41, helped organize the local women’s march in January that coincided with nationwide women’s marches that were, in part, a reaction to Donald Trump’s presidency. T
Democrats are opting for a primary to pick their standard-bearers in the upcoming 8th and 17th District House of Delegates races.
Two candidates, Bryan Keele and Steve McBride, are already vying for the Democratic nomination in the 8th District currently represented by Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem.
In the 17th District, now represented by Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt, no challengers have emerged, but the party has been contacted by people interested in running.
Virginia Republicans will continue pushing back next year against a landmark federal labor ruling that could make it easier for fast food workers and other franchisee staff to unionize.
Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt, has refiled a bill to prevent parent companies from being classified as co-employers of the people who work for their independently owned franchises.