Roanoke, VA Elections


Attorney General Candidates differ in stance on abortion

ROANOKE, Va – In about six weeks, Virginians will head to the polls to pick the next Attorney General. The two candidates have differing views on most things but especially the issue of abortion. “I am pro-life with exemptions right consents threat to the mother’s life,” Republican Candidate for Attorney...
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Candidate says Montgomery school board not viewed positively

Karen Myers has spent years working with youth, an experience she describes as valuable for someone with ambitions to serve on the school board. “I think the reason I want to run is that I can’t remember a time when I turned down a chance to serve children and families in the community,” Myers, 55, said. “That’s what my life journey has been.”
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SCOTT DREYER: Soros Gives McAuliffe Campaign $250k

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. –I Timothy 6:10a. Many Bible verses are misquoted or taken out of context, and this one, in a letter from Paul to Timothy, is one of the biggies. Many–either deliberately or mistakenly–omit the first four words and cite it as “Money is the root of all evil.”
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Roanoke County School Board candidates take on politics, issues

Sept. 20, 2021, 2:10 p.m.: Roanoke County School Board candidate Cheryl Facciani clarified in an email that she organized a fundraiser, rather than self-fund an event happening at the schools next spring. The story has been updated. Seven school board candidates are off to the races in Roanoke County, where...

9/23: Blacksburg Candidates Forum

A candidate forum for Blacksburg’s upcoming mayoral and Town Council elections will be held on Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County–Radford City–Floyd County Branch of the NAACP will host the event. The Zoom link is below.

Local Dems rally for start of early voting

Today marked the start of early voting before the November 2 General Election. Local Democratic elected officials including 12th District Delegate Chris Hurst rallied this morning outside the Roanoke City registrar’s office. Hurst said laws enacted by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly over the past few years have made early voting and the use of absentee ballots more accessible to Virginians.

Early voting kicks off; election officials see a steady turnout

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The campaign signs are out, ballots are rolling in and ‘I voted’ stickers are popping as early voting kicks off in Virginia. Registered voters across the commonwealth can cast their ballots for a number of candidates including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and many local offices.

Virginia Early Voting Underway

Roanoke voter Jeanne Duddy has a busy schedule around November 2nd. And she already knows who she wants to win at the top of the ticket this fall. "I hope it gives us a Republican governor," she said. Duddy was part of a slow but steady trickle of early voters...

Early in-person voting starts Friday in Virginia

Early in-person voting starts Friday in the Commonwealth. This is the first of a 45-day period where you can cast your ballot in person ahead of Election Day. If you are showing up to the polls, you should have your ID with you. There is a long list of acceptable identifications on the state’s website, and this year, that list has expanded. Some of these include a driver’s license, military ID, voter confirmation documents or any other government document that has the name and address of the voter.

WATCH: Gubernatorial candidates face off in Virginia debate

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - EARLIER STORY: Thursday night, candidates in the race for governor will face off in their first debate of the campaign. According to WDBJ7′s political analyst and Virginia Tech professor, Dr. Bob Denton, this debate is likely to get heated fast. As this is the first time Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe have publicly gone head to head, each one has a lot to prove to Virginians.

Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell seeks 11th term

ROANOKE, Va. – Donald Caldwell, the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Roanoke, is vying for his 11th term come this November. He made the announcement on Tuesday, citing his 40-year tenure and the “poor financial management and judgment” of his Democratic opponent, Melvin Hill. Hill was the former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and is currently working as a lawyer in private practice.

Letters to the Editor for Sept. 15 Edition

To change the direction the democracy’s going – vote. I have been a resident of Botetourt County for more than 50 years and, thanks to good friends and neighbors who welcomed me with open arms, have had the privilege to establish a modest farm in what I consider the most beautiful part of Virginia. Over the years I have gotten to know many of you and value your opinions and advice – from farming to politics. To that point I would like to speak about our voting process. Like many of you, I was disappointed in last year’s election results. But I find solace in the fact that we live in the world’s greatest democracy. If we don’t like the direction we are headed, we change it by going to the ballot box and voting accordingly.

Candidates for Governor to debate Thursday in Grundy

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Statewide attention will be focused on southwestern Virginia later this week, when the candidates for Governor face off in their first debate. Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe will meet at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy on Thursday night. Virginia Tech Professor and...

Absentee ballot applications are out; deadline to apply Friday

(WSET) — The election is less than two months away, and you may receive an application for absentee voting in your mailbox. There's something new to this year's absentee ballot application form: the ability to receive an absentee ballot for every election moving forward until you want to be removed from that list.
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Letter: Description of Joe Biden

I’d like to correct the description of the picture portrayed by the Associated Press of Joe Biden in the Aug. 29 Roanoke Times. Old Joe is shown slumped over the podium during a question and answer session with the press, described by the AP as “Biden pauses … as he listens to a question about the bombings.”