Hi, I'm Peter Volosin.
I was born and raised in Roanoke and love this city for all it has to offer, from the many festivals, to hiking along the Appalachian Trail, and trying new restaurants and shops popping up around town. My mother, a 1st grade teacher at Cave Spring and Oak Grove Elementary schools, and my father, who owned and operated "Jimmy V's" restaurant on Brandon Ave, instilled in me a love and respect for my home town.
I'm running for a seat on the City Council because you and your family deserve to live in a place of opportunity now, and in the future. Roanoke’s economic landscape has shifted, and I believe we need to be sure that everyone who calls the Star City home can still make a great life here.
My father taught me to work hard every day to achieve your goals, and this lesson took me all the way to the 2008 US Olympic Trials for swimming. My mother taught me that a good education can open new doors, so I left Roanoke and went to Brown University for college and Georgetown University for my masters.
But a good education also carries a responsibility to help others succeed, so I spent most of life serving those around me. I fought for fair wages and benefits at my first job in the hospitality industry, provided life-saving care as an EMT-First Responder, and built strong, resilient communities as an economic planner. Here in Roanoke, I have continued my commitment to serving my community on the board of Local Colors, the Roanoke Fair Housing Board, the Roanoke Valley - Alleghany Regional Commission, the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority, and the Roanoke Diversity Center.
We are all doing the best we can, but I believe the government should provide the tools to help us be our best.
I want to hear from you : don't hesitate to reach out on Facebook or Twitter and let me know what's on your mind and your ideas for making Roanoke even more awesome.
I look forward to meeting you out on the campaign trail!