4 in Roanoke also chasing after three seats

Roanoke Town Council candidates are (from left) Joan Abbott, David Meitzler, Pamala Parker and David Tucker.
Roanoke Town Council candidates are (from left) Joan Abbott, David Meitzler, Pamala Parker and David Tucker.

Four independent candidates are running for three seats on the Roanoke Town Council.

Two of those candidates, Joan Abbott and David Tucker, are incumbents. The other candidates are David Meitzler and Pamala Parker.

Joan Abbott
Abbott, 64, has served on the council for two terms. During that time, she says the council initiated much-needed repairs to streets, thanks to funds received from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program. She adds that improvements have been made to the town’s park and that the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department has an upgraded fleet, featuring a new fire engine and a ladder truck.

“We have been able to keep our town fiscally sound,” says Abbott. “We have accomplished all this by working together as a ‘team’ with our other town employees.”

If re-elected, Abbott says she would prioritize working on the town’s wastewater treatment plant and instituting recycling in town.

David Meitzler
Meitzler, 52, is the president of the Roanoke Park Board. He is also the secretary and former president of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, he serves as a volunteer for events in town.

Meitzler says he is running for a council seat to help foster Roanoke’s continued growth and development. His priorities would include updating the town’s infrastructure, hiring an additional officer for the Roanoke Police Department, making sure the fire department has all of the equipment it needs and making improvements to the town’s park.

“I put a lot of time and effort into the community here in Roanoke,” says Meitzler. “I would like this opportunity to continue to better serve our community as a safe and reputable place to live.”

Pamala Parker
Parker, 55, works in the accounting field and believes the town would benefit from her financial expertise.

“I feel I can use that knowledge to make sure expenditures are being used in the best interest for all,” she says.

To that end, Parker’s main priority as a council member would be monitoring tax dollars and grants, making sure they are being used wisely and working for citizens.

David Tucker
Tucker, 64, has been a member of the council for two terms. He has served as council president for seven years.

In addition to his town council service, Tucker was a member of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years, serving as chief for two of those years. He chaired the Roanoke Fall Festival Committee for eight years, served the Emergency Management Agency for seven years and volunteered with the local Boy Scouts of America for 24 years.

During his time on the council, Tucker says Roanoke has steadily attracted residents and businesses. The town’s infrastructure has improved as well, he notes.

Tucker also says the town has been fiscally responsible.

“While on the town council, our own dedicated police, fire and utility departments have been providing services to our community without exceeding the town budget,” he observes.

If re-elected, Tucker says he will continue to make improvements to the town’s park.

“Our town park draws citizens from three counties and has significant improvements scheduled, such as a splash pad and new restrooms,” he shares.

Ultimately, Tucker says he is running for another term on the council to make sure Roanoke remains a safe and wonderful community.

“This is why I am seeking re-election to the office of Roanoke Town Council – to preserve our town and continue the efforts of strengthening our future for all residents,” he says.

The early voting period is underway. Early voting will be offered in Roanoke at The Cottage Event Center, 9524 U.S.-24N, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

Election Day is Nov. 5.