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Roanoke readies for Trump, Pence visit

(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 24, 2016 at 4:39 PM EDT
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Donald Trump and his new running mate Mike Pence will be in Roanoke Monday, just days after they formally accepted the party's nomination.

Monday’s visit is sending a strong message about Virginia's role in the general election.

Greg Habeeb, Virginia House of Delegates, 8th District, said, "You know, I think both parties have essentially announced the importance of Virginia. The democrats picking a Virginian as VP, Donald Trump coming here so quickly."

Delegate Greg Habeeb says it'll be good to see Donald Trump and Mike Pence in Virginia together for the first time.

"I hope that folks get a chance to see what this ticket's about,” he said. “I hope they get the chance to meet Mike Pence and get a vibe."

According to Donald Trump's website, the event will take place in The Hotel Roanoke at 3 p.m. Roanoke City police tell WDBJ7 they're prepared and will have additional officers working. Police say similar campaign visits like President Obama’s trip in 2012 have prepared them for Monday's town hall style event.

"The beauty of a town hall is that it's a little more intimate and sometimes there's back and forth,” said Habeeb.

Gary Sandman, director for Plowshare Peace Center, said, "We don't want to disrupt or anything, but we do want to express our concerns."

Gary Sandman is looking forward to the town hall. He's with the Plowshare Peace Center. They will be hosting a silent vigil outside at 2 p.m. while other members go inside and ask questions.

"Well, he changes positions,” said Sandman. “I mean one time he'll say one thing, one time another. We need to know what position a candidate is going to take if we're going to vote for them."

Space is limited inside the Hotel Roanoke, but Habib says if you miss them this time, it probably won't be the last.

"I think we'll see the ticket here again a couple more times before the campaign's over,” he said.

Hotel Roanoke says they set up 1,000 chairs for the event.

Here's a message from the Roanoke Police Department about street closures:

 

The times of the closures will be from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The closures are as follows:

  • North Jefferson Street between Shenandoah Avenue and Wells Avenue will be closed to all vehicular traffic.
  • Wells Avenue between Williamson Road and Gainsboro Road closed to through traffic and Wells Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and Jordan Alley will be closed to all vehicular traffic