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Roanoke County race taking negative turn

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A local election is taking an ugly turn in Roanoke County.

Board of Supervisors candidate Brian Lang held a news conference Monday to answer multiple accusations about his past.

An anonymous report was distributed about Lang, claiming numerous criminal and civil complaints. Lang called the report "deceptive".

There's been no shortage of negative campaigning by gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe, so we asked Hollins Political Science Professor Dr. Ed Lynch about this type of attack in a local election.

"Local elections, they either start out this way and are centered on personalities, or they never go that way and they're focused on issues and different visions for the county," Lynch said. "To have something come up late in the game like this is pretty unusual."

Lynch believes the report could end up being a distraction from other key issues facing the county.

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