Radford wins Windsor Hills primary for Roanoke County supervisor

David Radford (center) talks with his father, Frank Radford, shortly after the primary results were announced Tuesday night at the Brambleton Center.

Windsor Hills District voters in Roanoke County backed David Radford to continue serving as their county supervisor.

Radford, 61, won a firehouse primary Tuesday to secure the Republican Party nomination for the seat. With no Democrat in the running and no independent candidates filing by Tuesday night’s deadline, he’ll be unopposed in the general election.

Radford, a developer and former planning commissioner, said he was humbled and vowed to work hard on behalf of the district.

“I’m very grateful for people’s trust in coming out today and voting for me,” he said.

This was a special election called to fill the seat, which was left open last year when long-time representative Joe McNamara moved over to the House of Delegates.

Two contenders were vying for the post in Tuesday’s primary.

Radford already holds the seat, having been tapped by the other county supervisors to serve as an interim appointee until an election could be held.

RoxAnne Christley, a longtime grassroots activist, also entered the race.

Radford came away with 631 votes — or about 55% of the total — and is now set to serve the remainder of the seat’s term through the end of 2021.

Radford said he was ready to dig into the work ahead. He said he has already compiled a long list of issues and questions raised by constituents during the election and will be working to follow up.

“They came out and spoke, so I’m going to listen,” he said. “I’m going to try and represent their concerns the best I can.”

He said he’d continue his focus on initiatives that help the county grow and make it an attractive destination for new employers, young professionals and families.

Christley, 55, said she was proud of the positive, issues-based campaign she ran. She thanked her supporters for their hard work and words of encouragement.

“It meant so much,” she said. “I cannot thank them enough.”

The firehouse primary, conducted at the Brambleton Center, generated a robust turnout, with 1,138 votes cast. That translates to about 8% of the district’s electorate — an above-average performance for a local primary in an off-year election cycle.

“There was outstanding turnout,” said Dan Webb, chairman of the Roanoke County GOP, adding that he felt it spoke to the hard work put in by both campaigns.

The candidates spent long hours canvassing neighborhoods and reaching out to voters. “I think it shows both campaigns were really energetic in appealing to voters,” Webb said.

The Windsor Hills District covers the southwest end of the county. The district’s supervisor is one of five representatives on the county board.

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