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October 27, 2017

Meet the candidates: Leslie Hager-Smith

In the past few years, Hager-Smith put relentless effort into making Blacksburg a better place for its residents. Some of her accomplishments include being the co-founder of Blacksburg’s Summer Solstice Fest and originating the 16 Frogs Watershed Initiative, which is a public arts project with an environmental consciousness.




October 27, 2017

Chachra, Hager-Smith or Lawhorn: Who will be Blacksburg's new mayor?
Leslie Hager-Smith, currently the town’s vice mayor, maps her days of community service back to the late 1980s when she began volunteering with her church. She says she has during that decades-long period built ties with the college town’s neighborhoods and merchants who have helped shape Blacksburg’s cultural heart.

May 19, 2017

Montgomery County lawmakers approve sale of Blacksburg property to campaign donors

Great reporting by the Collegiate Times, elucidating the long-standing relationship between the Montgomery County Republican Party and the business partners who were recently offered preferential terms for the purchase of the old Blacksburg High School property. 

May 21, 2017

Political strife leads Blacksburg to again ask: Can town go it alone?


My colleagues on Town Council agreed to dust off a 30-year-old study on the feasibility of adopting city status for Blacksburg. I spoke against the idea and will continue to do so. 

The Greens at Virginia Tech are proud to endorse Leslie Hager-Smith for mayor of Blacksburg. We want to encourage the entire Virginia Tech community to turn out to vote on Nov. 7. Too often, we ignore local politics. The result is policies that are bad for the environment, bad for students and bad for local businesses . . . Hager-Smith deserves your vote because she is a woman of character. She has served multiple times as Blacksburg's vice mayor since 2008.  During that time, she has stood up for local residents and students on a number of issues, from affordable housing to sustainable development. She is a co-founder of Sustainable Blacksburg, which works to ensure that the town meets the highest standards in sustainability and environmental protection. Many politicians pay only lip service to the serious issue of clean air and water, but Hager-Smith has shown by her actions that she takes this issue seriously.

March 25, 2017

A hole in the heart of Blacksburg: Rordam yields vacancy for mayoral race


“I will say, of the three candidates that are running, if you just look at resumes and experience, Leslie Hager-Smith has the most experience. She's served on Town Council since 2008, and she's served three different terms as vice mayor, meaning that every time she ran for office she got the most votes,” Sutphin said. 





December 20, 2016

Editorial:  Advice for anyone thinking about running for local office
A timely message on the value of planning, perseverance, and regional cooperation.


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