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Mayoral challenger Mark Lucas

Roanoke voters go to the polls one week from today to select their next mayor and three City Council members. We are profiling each of the candidates this week: yesterday, it was Mayor David Bowers, and today we look at Mark Lucas, the Republican challenger for mayor. He spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones.

[audio:http://wfirnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/04-24-Lucas-Wrap1-WEB.mp3|titles=04-24 Lucas Wrap1-WEB]Lucas has created plenty of jobs as the owner of several different kinds of businesses: restaurants, medical technology and physical therapy among them. Lucas says when states and regions are competing to attract and encourage new job providers, he can take a more active and effective role than is now the case. He says creating more jobs will do more to address most big issues facing Roanoke than anything else. Click here for the Lucas for Mayor web site.