by Carla Bream
At the most recent regularly scheduled meeting of the Roanoke City Republican Committee, the Committee members elected Chris Walters as their newest chairman, to fill the remaining term of their former chairman, Jim DeLong. Walters term is set to expire in May of 2012, when he is eligible to run for a full two year term. DeLong resigned his post due to out of state business interests. Walters has been an active committee member for the last five years, most recently serving as Vice Chairman. He ran on the platform of engaging the vast number of citizens who stay home on election day, increasing the size of the committee and leveraging the strengths of the countless citizens of the community who are “tired of the status quo, ambivalent to business as usual and are starving for common sense leadership you cannot purchase or achieve with consultants or studies.” Walters is a Roanoke College graduate, earned a law degree from the University of Richmond and is currently employed as a financial advisor with Scott & Stringfellow. He also serves as the chairman of the Roanoke City’s Parks and Recreation Board, as an advisor to the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council as well as other boards. He is also a member of the Roanoke Bar and Virginia State Bar Associations. Walters stated, “I am a firm believer in traditional Reagan Republican ideals – free market supremacy, limited government and American exceptionalism.” He and his fiancee Emily parent three cats and two dogs.