RoxAnne Christley has decided to throw her hat into the ring to run for the Windsor Hills seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. She and her husband have lived in the district for over 20 years and have six children.
Christley made her official announcement last week in front of a small locally owned county business in Keagy Village to highlight one of her platforms – she wants to attract new businesses by keeping taxes low and cutting government red tape.
“I love Roanoke County and all the opportunities it has and continues to provide for my family and me,” said Christley. “Now I want to make sure the valley I love and the opportunities it has given me are here for my children and grandchildren. That is why I am running for the Board of Supervisors.”
Christley said that one of her first priorities is to encourage economic development and job creation. She sees the empty storefronts in the county and says she believes growth will be encourages by keeping taxes low. “As a staunch fiscal conservative, you better believe that I will make sure the county is pinching its pennies and watching its dimes just like we do at home,” stated Christley. “I promise you that no one will work harder than I will. When I decide to do something, I give it my all.”
Christley grows and cans her own vegetables and raises her own chickens for their eggs. Her family is debt free, except for their home mortgage. She says that when someone in the family wants something, they save money until they can pay cash for the item. She has taught her children “the value of a dollar,” and feels it is time to teach the county the same.
Local district resident Karena McGraw said, “I have known RoxAnne for many years. I know she will be responsive to my and my neighbors needs and concerns.”
Christley plans to have a series of “meet and greets” around the district to talk to residents and listen to their concerns. She is the current president of the Roanoke Valley Republican Women, is a member of the Roanoke County Republican Committee and is involved with other local conservative groups.
The Windsor Hills seat is currently held by Ed Elswick, who has indicated he will run for re-election as an Independent. Republican Joe McNamara, a former board member, has announced he will run against Christley in the Republican primary, where voting is slated to be held on May 11, 2013 from 10am to 3pm at the Brambleton Center. The voting is open to all Windsor Hills registered voters who pledge to support the winner of the primary in the general election in November.
By Carla M. Bream