Saturday, February 09, 2013
Three more seek Roanoke County supervisor seats
Two are running for the Hollins District seat that will be vacant. The other wants to regain the seat he lost.
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From The Roanoke Times
Correction (Feb. 11, 2013: 11:20 a.m.): The originally published version of this story incorrectly reported when RoxAnne Christley of the Roanoke Valley Republican Women had said she also intends to run for the Windsor Hills seat. She made the statement last month. This story has been updated. | Our corrections policy
Three more Roanoke County residents say they're seeking seats on the county board of supervisors in November's election.
Two are running for the Hollins District seat that is opening with Richard Flora's decision not to seek another term, while former Windsor Hills Supervisor Joe McNamara hopes to regain the seat he lost in 2009.
In the Hollins District, planning commission member Gary Jarrell will run as an independent while Al Bedrosian says he will seek the Republican nomination. Bedrosian twice tried to unseat former Del. Richard Cranwell in the 1990s. He will formally declare his candidacy at a 9:30 p.m. Feb 16 event at the Sunnybrook Inn.
Mike Bailey, former chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee, also is seeking the party's nomination for the Hollins seat. He announced last month.
Flora said he decided it was time to take a break from politics after serving as Hollins supervisor for the past 12 years. He also served a term in the 1970s.
Flora is endorsing Jarrell, whom he had named as the district's planning commission member.
"I am very proud of what they've done," Jarrell said, referring to the county government's efforts to maintain services despite the tough economy.
Jarrell, who built his Valley Boiler & Mechanical business from scratch since 1998, said he hopes to create opportunities for county residents, citing education, economic development and parks as key interests.
"I'm into greenways, man," he said. Jarrell will formally announce his candidacy today at 3 p.m. at Burlington Elementary School.
Bedrosian said he wants to bring common sense family values and fiscal responsibility to government.
"We need to get the average citizen like you and me involved in our local government," he said. "I have attended many local government meetings, and it seems as if we are operating in two different worlds."
In one, he said, people struggle with tight budgets and declining income, while governments give pay increases, add debt and launch new projects.
In Windsor Hills, McNamara said his focus would be on keeping county government running efficiently.
"I think the county is doing well but there are always areas where we could be doing things more effectively," he said.
McNamara, an accountant who owns Katie's Ice Cream & Chocolates on Electric Road, had served three terms on the board before current incumbent Ed Elswick defeated him in the 2009 Republican primary. McNamara will formally announce his candidacy at Katie's at 10 a.m. today.
Elswick has said he "probably will" run for re-election.
RoxAnne Christley of the Roanoke Valley Republican Women said last month she also intends to run for the Windsor Hills seat.
County Republicans will select nominees for the three supervisor seats up for election this year at firehouse primaries in May, said party Chairman Dave Suetterlein.
They'll be the first firehouse primaries since 2003. They'll be held in each district at a single location, and will be open for several hours to give voters a chance to come and go. Candidates and voters will have to show they are registered to vote in the district, and say they support GOP principals and will vote for the GOP nominee. Candidates must pay a $400 filing fee and declare their intention to seek the nomination by Feb. 28.
Brian Lang, chairman of county Democrats, said he expects the party will have strong candidates to field as well. Details of the nomination process are still to be determined, he said.