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David A Bowers

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Preceded by  Nelson Harris
Residence  Roanoke, Virginia
Party  Democratic Party
Preceded by  Noel C. Taylor
Name  David Bowers
Succeeded by  Ralph K. Smith
Political party  Democratic
Role  Mayor of Roanoke
Ex-spouse  Margarita Cubas
Education  University of Virginia

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Full Name  David Allen Bowers
Born  May 11, 1952 (age 63) Cortland, New York, U.S. (1952-05-11)
Alma mater  Belmont Abbey College (B.A.) Loyola University (J.D.) Hollins University (M.A.)
Previous office  Mayor of Roanoke (1992–2000)
Office  Mayor of Roanoke since 2008

Other political affiliations  Independent (2008)

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David Allen Bowers (born May 11, 1952) is a former mayor of Roanoke, Virginia. He served for a first term from 1992 to 2000 and then for a second term from 2008 to 2016.

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Biography

He previously served as mayor of the city from 1992 to 2000. A Democrat, he was elected mayor after serving on the city council. Bowers is a lawyer who has continued to serve in private practice both during and after his term as mayor.

He was also the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for Virginia's 6th District congressional seat in 1998, losing to incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte.

Bowers attempted a comeback in the May 2, 2006, election for city council, but he finished in fifth place out of ten candidates in the race for three seats. Bowers ran for mayor of Roanoke as an Independent against the incumbent, Democrat Nelson Harris, Independent George A. Sgouros, and Independent Anita Powell, in the May 2008 municipal election. Bowers won the election with 53% of the vote. In May 2012 Bowers gained a consecutive term as mayor by defeating Republican Mark Lucas 52% percent to 48%.

Controversy

In November 2015, Bowers spoke out against the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Roanoke, citing as positive precedent the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, 2/3 of whom were American citizens, an event for which the American government formally apologized and provided reparations as part of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Bowers's comment prompted a social media backlash and calls for his resignation.

References

David A. Bowers Wikipedia


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