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"Your Vote is Your Voice!"


Election day for Roanoke City & Salem City council races is Tuesday, May 1st. Are you registered & ready to vote?

Every election is important. Roanoke City residents have a choice between 7 candidates running for 3 council seats. Salem City residents will decide between 6 candidates running for 2 council seats.  When REALTORS® vote, our elected leaders notice. Whether a REALTOR® member or a homeowner, make certain your voice is heard.

Registering to vote or updating your address is quick and easy! The deadline for registering / address changes is Monday, April 9th. Click here to check your voting information today!  You can even send the link to your clients!

If you live in either of these two localities, remember to VOTE on Tuesday, May 1st!

RVAR Endorses Candidates in Roanoke City & Salem
RVAR's Board of Directors has endorsed candidates in the upcoming elections for Roanoke City and Salem City Council races. All the candidates in both jurisdictions participated in interviews with questions focused on economic development, budget issues, top priorities facing the two Cities, assets and challenges, area growth and their vision. Roanoke has seven candidates running for three seats and Salem has six candidates vying for two seats. Each endorsed candidate will receive a $1,000 RPAC contribution to their individual campaigns.


Roanoke City Council Endorsed Candidates:

 Bill Bestpitch Ray Ferris
 Robert Jeffrey








Salem City Council Endorsed Candidates:

 Randy Foley
 John Saunders

Special thanks to RVAR's Governmental Affairs Committee and the members of the interview panels for their efforts to conduct interviews for these contested races.

If you live in either of these two Cities, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 1st!

Roanoke Named #3 Best Affordable Place to Live

Roanoke has earned a spot on another Top 10 list for its outstanding quality of life! Roanoke is ranked #3 on the new list of 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live published by Livability. The list was compiled based on a review of over 2000 cities around the country and selected based on a combination of cost of living, entertainment, median income, economy, healthcare and amenities.

Livability cites the area's temperate climate, over 600 miles of trails, oportunities for outdoor recreation, cultural offerings like the Taubman Museum of Art and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and an affordable cost of living.

Roanoke was the only Virginia city to make this Top 10 list.


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