One of these 6 people will temporarily replace Robert Jeffrey Jr. on Roanoke City Council

Election for a permanent replacement will be in November

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke City Council has announced its top applicants for the current vacancy on the council.

After a week-long application period, the Council announced it will be interviewing six individuals on Monday, April 4, beginning at 3 p.m.

Here’s the interview schedule: (10 News could not find clarifying information for each candidate)

Suzanne Osborne – 3 p.m.

Kiesha Preston – 3:30 p.m.

  • In 2020, Preston ran as an independent, finishing sixth among the eight candidates running for three open seats

Anita Price – 4 p.m.

  • A Democrat, Price previously served on Roanoke City Council from July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2020.

Luke Priddy – 4:30 p.m.

  • A Democrat, Priddy serves as the chief of staff for Virginia State Senator John Edwards, who represents Virginia’s 21 District which contains all of the city of Roanoke and Giles County, as well as parts of Montgomery and Roanoke counties.

Kevin Berry – 5 p.m.

  • Berry works as the Community Outreach and Marketing Manager for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

Raekwon Moore – 5:30 p.m.

Whoever is selected will fill the seat left vacant by Robert Jeffrey Jr.’s felony conviction of embezzlement and money crimes last month.

While Jeffrey’s term lasts until Dec. 31, 2024, the appointee will only serve on the council until Dec. 31, 2022.

As for who will serve the remaining two years? That will be decided by Roanoke City voters during November’s general election.

As far as what the Council is looking for, Mayor Sherman Lea spoke to 10 News on Monday.

“Somebody that can come on board and fall right in and help us with the critical decisions we need to make over the next several months. We looked at each of the applicants so we think we have a good pool to select from,” said Lea.


A previous version of this story had incorrect information on Anita Price's history

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