Mark Lucas

A Roanoke businessman appears poised to run as the Republican party’s candidate for mayor. Mark Lucas is a former co-owner of almost a dozen Five Guys restaurant franchises and current co-owner of Lucas Therapies. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on the likely challenger to Mayor David Bowers.

[audio:|titles=02-09 Lucas-Mayor Wrap1-WEB]Lucas says he has helped lead successful start-ups that have created hundreds of new jobs, and Roanoke would benefit from the leadership of someone with job creation experience. Roanoke Republicans select their candidate at a mass meeting February 23rd. Lucas hasn’t formally filed yet for consideration, but party leaders appear confident he will.