Sunday, May 27, 2007

Botetourt candidates announce

Jim Laughlin was chosen by Democrats and Pete McKnight will run as an independent.
The Roanoke Times
By Jay Conley

A Democrat and an independent are seeking the Blue Ridge District seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors that is being vacated by longtime board member Wendy Wingo.

Jim Laughlin, a retired public schoolteacher and administrator, was nominated Saturday at the Botetourt County Democratic Party's caucus to run in the race. Laughlin is serving his ninth year on the Botetourt County Planning Commission.

Also at Saturday's caucus, Botetourt Democrats endorsed incumbents Benton Bolton for county treasurer and Tommy Moore for circuit court clerk.

Pete McKnight, who owns and operates McKnight & Co., a Blue Ridge development and marketing firm, is running as an independent.

Two other seats on the Botetourt County board are also up for election this year. Don Meredith, an independent, has said he will run for re-election for the Fincastle District seat. Valley District Supervisor Don Assaid, a Republican, said he will make an announcement after weekend as to whether he will seek re-election.

The Botetourt County Republican Party could field candidates in all three races at its caucus June 7....

McKnight, 63, began developing land for subdivisions in Botetourt County in 1998....

His subdivisions include Cobblestone and Thornblade in Blue Ridge and Sowder Farm near Fincastle....

... Laughlin is a Virginia Tech graduate with a biology degree and got his first job teaching science at Botetourt Intermediate School. He has also taught in Roanoke County schools and been an administrator in Montgomery County schools....

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