Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education
David Radford will run for his own term on the Board of Supervisors in Roanoke County from the Windsor Hills district – seeking the Republican nomination first in June. Radford was appointed to the Board of Supervisors after Joe McNamara became a delegate in December. Radford was previously a Planning Commission member as well. He expects other Republican candidates to challenge him for the party’s nomination, making a June primary necessary.
Correction: City Council will vote by the end of this year, and the updated plan will be called City Plan 2040.
Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton will seek a third term. In a news release, Overton cites accomplishments that include accreditation, increased school security, and fighting the national opioid and drug epidemic. Overton was first elected in 2011, ousting then-Sheriff Ewell Hunt, who had defeated Overton four years earlier.
For the past month Angels of Assisi employees, with the aid of a PetSmart grant, have been working with inmates from the Roanoke County jail – who are being taught basic obedience skills they can pass on to dogs waiting for a new home at The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection. Roanoke County Sheriff Eric Orange says the inmates who have taken part so far are enjoying it:
Martha Hooker says she is energized and ready to run for a second term on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, as reported here recently. The former long-time Planning Commission member applauds recent investment and job creation but she wants to see the county benefit more from the Virginia Tech-Carilion campus in the city. To date no other candidates for the Catawba district has stepped forward. Hooker made her formal announcement yesterday: