Lea projected to win re-election as Roanoke mayor; council members elected

WDBJ7's Joe Dashiell reports
Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 10:24 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea has won his bid for re-election, according to projections, beating back a challenge from former Mayor David Bowers, who served 16 years in that position before leaving the office four years ago.

“It was a dramatic turnaround, and I am elated that it went that way, pleased and honored that the citizens saw enough in me to give me another four-year term to serve them." said Lea.

Lea won with 20,955 votes to Bowers' 18,845, with all precincts counted. There are still some absentee ballots to be counted.

“As many people know I sat beside David on City Council for eight years, and I think that was a class thing to do. I appreciated that, and as far as I’m concerned the campaign is over. It was a very tenacious and aggressive campaign, but it’s over now, and it’s time for all of us to get back to work and do what we’ve been called to do by the citizens of Roanoke,” said Lea.

Of eight people running for City Council, three people came out on top: incumbent Trish White-Boyd (21,300 votes), Robert Jeffrey (12,852) and Stephanie Moon (12,539).

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