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Incumbents affirmed in Roanoke City Council race

By MATT CHITTUM, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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