Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Roanoke City Council Races

NLS beat me to the punch, but this year should have an interesting one in the Roanoke City council elections. There are 10 people running for 3 seats. The 2 GOP candidates are Stuart Revercomb and Mark McConnell who seem to have the support of at least part of the Roanoke business community. They are running as the pro-business ticket.

Anyway, its my understanding that the dems actually have 2 slates of candidates. Bowers, MacFarlane and White are the official ticket; but apparently a few of the other independents are being supported by prominent dems. The GOP sees an opportunity here to take advantage of the perceived rift in the Roanoke democratic party.

At a recent GOP meeting, the statement was made that they have "a historic chance to take back city council". The Revercomb/McConnell ticket has raised a good bit of money (61k to be exact) which was largely financed by the Via family and the candidates' families. They have also been actively campaigning for awhile now.

Beyond this, I have no idea what the outlook is. Certainly the GOP thinks they have a great shot at winning here, but I am still skeptical. If the GOP base can be mobilized in the city, I think the GOP ticket will win. With such a diluted slate of candidates, even a GOP minority could win in this situation. I will be surprised if this slate can garner crossover support like Ralph Smith did a few years ago.
The thing that concerns me if that it seems the strategy hasn't been run correctly. In a race like this, the GOP should be telling their people to vote ONLY for Revercomb/McConnell in order to lessen the votes for a third candidate who could eventually be the one who beats one of the GOP ticket.
Should be an interesting race.


  • At 4/27/2006 11:12 PM, Blogger Old Zach said…

    The thing about Roanoke is that this race is not at all about Dem v. GOP. This race is solely about what to do about Victory Stadium. Thanks to Ralph Smith's complete lack of leadership on this issue, the fate of Victory stadium is STILL up in the air years later. The city is pretty evenly split with 40-some percent wanting Victory Stadium torn down and another 40-some percent wanting it renovated. This has been THE issue in Roanoke city for some time and will remain so until somebody makes a decision and sticks with it. Unfortunately I think the Republicans are on the wrong side of this issue, seeking to spend millions renovating a stadium that is not only long past its usefulness but is also in a terrible location rather than investing in Roanoke's future through a combination of facilities that would be better suited to Roanoke's needs. Personally I favor a solution that would give William Byrd and Patrick Henry High Schools their own football fields while also replacing Victory stadium with a smaller outdoor ampitheatre that would be easier to fill for special events than the crumbling colossus that is Victory Stadium. As for those who claim Victory Stadium should be saved because it honors Roanoke's veterans, why not simply raise private money to build a more fitting memorial somewhere in the downtown/park area.

    But that's just my $.02

  • At 4/29/2006 3:26 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Thanks for the insight Zach.
    What is your outlook on our GOP candidates on Tuesday in Roanoke?


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