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New members take their seats on Roanoke City Council

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8:55 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Mayor Sherman Lea delivered a prayer, as Roanoke City Council began its first regular meeting of the New Year Monday.

“Help us Lord to make those decisions that will benefit our community,” Lea said, “and maintain the peace and harmony that we have had in years past.”

Sharing the council chamber were two new members: Stephanie Moon Reynolds, the longtime city clerk, and Robert Jeffrey, owner and publisher of ColorsVa magazine.

Both said they’re excited to begin their terms, pledging to work hard during a challenging time.

“I am more an advocate for community work,” Reynolds said. “And that’s where my focus is going to be, listening to the people, seeing what’s out there, seeing what really needs to be done, and working with the administration to see if we can make those things happen.”

“I think the main priority is looking at what’s going on with the impact of COVID in our community,” Jeffrey told WDBJ7, “as far as making sure the people are taken care of, as well as the businesses in our area.”

Mayor Lea also begins a new four-year term.

So does Trish White-Boyd, who, as the top vote-getter among the council candidates in the recent election, will serve as vice mayor for the next two years.

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