Roanoke Democrats Hold Vacant Leadership Positions | Government and Politics
New leaders have been selected by the Democratic City of Roanoke Committee to replace several officials who have resigned or gone on leave, including Roanoke City Councilor Robert Jeffrey Jr.
Jeffrey, who is due next month on two counts of embezzlement, has taken leave of his post as first vice president, according to newly elected committee chair Luke Priddy.
The committee went through a spell over the summer with the departure of three of the top five leaders within days – but has since replenished its executive ranks from a combination of new and old members.
In the July wave of departures, former president Beth Deel and former secretary Barbara Andes left the committee for what they called personal and family reasons. Priddy, who had been treasurer, also resigned.
Priddy also turned down an appointment to succeed Deel as chairman. At the time, he said he didn’t think he would have had enough internal support to be successful in the lead role, especially from the two men in vice-president positions at the time, Jeffrey and Peter Volosin. Jeffrey and Volosin disagreed and told the Roanoke Times that they would have supported Priddy, but by then Priddy was out.
Priddy is back and was elected president in August. He expressed a change in perspective on the organization on Wednesday.