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RVAR Endorces Candidates in Area Races

RVAR's Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in upcoming area contested elections. Special thanks to RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee for its efforts to conduct interviews in the contested races for these seats.

The Board endorsed the following candidates for the Virginia Senate:

 Mike John

Senate District 19
    Mike Hamlar
Senate District 21
   John Edwards

Senate candidates were interviewed on issues related to economic development, regional cooperation, transportation and the Grantor's tax. Virginia's RPAC Trustees have approved a $1,500 RPAC contribution for Senator Edwards and a $500 RPAC contribution for Mr. Hamlar.

The Board endorsed the following candidates for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors:

Martha Hooker  George Assaid

Catawba District                  Cave Spring District

Martha Hooker                     George Assaid

Roanoke County candidates were interviewed on issues related to ecomonic growth, expanding regional cooperation and improving the working relationship amongst the Board of Supervisors. The endorsed candidates will each receive a $700 RPAC contribution. 

Roanoke Region Offers Lowest Cost of Living in VA

When it comes to cost of living, Roanoke offers the best value of any metro in Virginia.

Numbers released by the Council for Community and Economic Research for the 2nd quarter of 2015 rank the Roanoke metro area as having the lowest cost of living index in the state. With an index of 89.7, costs in Roanoke are 10.3 lower than the national average of 100.

The numbers put Roanoke well below the national average for costs and ahead of similarly sized metro markets in the South such as Richmond (93.7), Asheville (96.6) and Chattanooga (94.1). New York City ranked highest in cost of living with an index more than twice the national average (219.7).

The Cost of Living Index measures regional differences in the cost of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services.

Thank you to the Roanoke Regional Partnership for sharing this good news!

Nominees Announced for 2016 Board of Directors
The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have proposed the following  slate of new Officers and Directors for 2016.

Connie Hash





Vice President
Connie Hash

Jerry Neil Walter

   Jerry Cohen
 Neil Conner
 Walter Grewe



Click here for a one-page flyer with more information on these nominees.

Any REALTOR® wishing to file as a petition candidate for any of the positions noted aboved must file a petition with the RVAR office by Wednesday, September 30th, signed by 20 RVAR members in good standing. If any petitions are filed, an election by ballot for any contested seats will be held by mid-November.


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