Roanoke City Council Candidates Face Off in Forum

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Seven candidates for Roanoke City Council faced off in a forum before the Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association

Roanoke -- (WSLS-10) Candidates for Roanoke City Council faced off Thursday night in a forum sponsored by the Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association, formerly called the Raleigh Court Civic League.

Candidates E. Duane Howard, Freda Cathcart, Michelle Dykstra, John Garland, Mark Lucas, Anita Price and Trish White-Boyd are vying for three open seats on council.

The candidates fielded a number of questions ranging from how to work with the city's neighborhoods, to what makes Roanoke, "livable."

All agreed that they support state and local incentives "to grow a private company such as a brewery or a large development project." Howard, however balked at supporting the part that included the brewery citing the problem of alcoholism in the city's south east section, where he lives.

Candidates also gave their thoughts on the best ways to attract and retain young people.

The well attended event was held at the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church and is typically the kick off to the city-wide election season.

The election will be held on May 3

WSLS news anchor John Carlin moderated the event.

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