Roanoke’s municipal elections for mayor and city council are Nov. 3, but early voting is underway for Roanoke's 64,000 registered voters. The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced much of the typical face-to-face campaigning, making it more difficult for candidates to get their messages out to the public.
Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, a first-term Democrat, is running against challenger David Bowers, a former Democratic mayor running as an independent.
Three Democrats, two Republicans, two independents and a Libertarian square off for three open seats on Roanoke's city council. The candidates are: Democrats Robert Jeffrey, Peter Volosin and Trish White-Boyd, the only incumbent running for re-election; Republicans Maynard Keller and Peg McGuire; Libertarian Cesar Alberto; and independents Kiesha Preston and Stephanie Moon Reynolds.
Here are some of the significant local election stories from 2020. For more information about how to vote, go online to https://www.roanokeva.gov/780/Voter-Registration-Elections.
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Incumbent Democrat Trish White-Boyd, Democrat Robert Jeffrey Jr. and independent Stephanie Moon Reynolds won council's three open seats in a crowded eight-way race.
Roanoke City Council commended registrar Andrew Cochran and staff for smoothly handling early voting that saw 27,227 people vote since September.
After Tuesday’s election, Roanoke could have a mayor and city council that will look much like the current council and continue the priorities of the last few years, or voters could elect as many as three new council members and a new mayor, which could constitute a major change in city government.
Some municipalities in the region had already eclipsed 50% turnout by Friday, four days before Election Day. Early voting ends Saturday.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came to Roanoke Tuesday to endorse Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and the rest of the Democrats running for city council.
Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and challenger David Bowers faced off virtually in a forum that was about as combative as a Zoom meeting could be.
Roanoke City Council made history Monday night when it appointed Vivian Sanchez-Jones as the body's first-ever Latina council member. Sanchez-Jones, 60, was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of councilwoman Djuna Osborne, who resigned last month.
Cesar Alberto, a 23-year-old Libertarian candidate for Roanoke City Council, said that he received a positive test result after experiencing symptoms last week.
Three Democrats, two Republicans, two independents and a Libertarian square off for three open seats on Roanoke's city council. The candidates answered questions submitted by The Roanoke Times regarding some of the issues in Roanoke.
Roanoke City Council candidate Robert Jeffrey announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is resting while quarantined.
Candidates for Roanoke mayor and city council will participate in online forums this week that the public can watch live.
The city government's plan to build a new bus station downtown is not on the Nov. 3 ballot, but candidates who support it or disagree with it are.
During a busy Monday meeting, the Roanoke City Council set a process to select a replacement for a council seat, also agreed to give the Lee Memorial to Evergreen Burial Park and named a new city attorney.
Sherman Lea is seeking his second term as Roanoke's mayor. David Bowers has had the job four times since 1992 and is seeking to make another comeback.
Roanoke mayoral candidate David Bowers said the Black Lives Matter movement has “awakened my consciousness,” but he does not favor defunding local police departments. Bowers said that, prior to the killing of George Floyd, “I would have thought Black-white relations in Roanoke were pretty good.”
Mayor Sherman Lea makes point-by-point rebuttals of David Bowers' allegations.
A Roanoke judge lowered the petition signature threshold for city council candidates to appear on the November ballot and extended the filing …
Two Roanoke City Council candidates have sued state and local elections officials to reduce the petition signature threshold to appear on the …
Trish White-Boyd, Peter Volosin and Robert Jeffrey will make up the Democratic ticket for Roanoke’s city council election in November.
The five people hoping to be part of the Democratic slate for Roanoke’s City Council election answered questions about the environment, povert…
Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea announced Friday he will seek the Democratic nomination in May to run for reelection in November. So far one other c…
David Bowers, the former Roanoke mayor who is pondering another run for office, condemned the Roanoke City Council’s recent, sudden decision t…