Election Day 2015


It’s Election Day again! Four years ago, I was elected to my first term on the Blacksburg Town Council, and now John Bush, Leslie Hager-Smith, and I are running unopposed for our council seats. Thanks to your support and encouragement, these past few years have been phenomenal and I am proud of my record of service to our community:

  • Supported downtown businesses by voting to purchase land to expand public parking, establish a downtown refuse and recycling program, and create a Live/Work/Sell Arts Overlay District to encourage owner-occupied arts businesses near downtown
  • Celebrated the completion of the College Avenue Promenade and the opening of the IMAX at First & Main
  • Advocated for our fair share of transportation funds through my role as a town representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Worked to bring more affordable housing opportunities to our town through two years of service on the Blacksburg Housing and Community Development Advisory Board and support for rezoning requests on Grissom Lane and Givens Lane
  • Sought a pragmatic and sustainable approach to local development that allows Blacksburg to grow but protects neighborhoods and quality of life through votes on numerous rezoning requests and a five-year update to the town’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Served as a town representative on the 10-Year Economic Development Plan Steering Committee and the Blacksburg Partnership Board of Directors
  • Voted yes on resolutions to preserve Stadium Woods, save Harding Avenue Elementary School, and oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Thank you


When I first ran for Blacksburg Town Council, retiring councilman Al Leighton gave me a piece of advice: You have to meet voters where they are. They won’t come to you. On Tuesday, I won a seat on the town council after taking his advice to heart and reaching out to as many of my friends, neighbors, and supporters as possible.

I would be remiss if I did not thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement over the past few months. Whether you knocked on doors, donated to the campaign, passed out literature, or offered your take on town issues, I am grateful for your involvement in my bid for town council. Continue reading “Thank you”

Vote today; polls open until 7 p.m.

Dear Supporter:

Election Day is here! Over the past few months, I have relied on the generosity and support of many of you. Whether you knocked on doors or passed out literature, donated to the campaign, or attended a forum or house party to learn more about town issues, I am thankful for your willingness to participate in the democratic process. But I still have one more request from you: your vote.

The polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make sure you double-check your polling place online before you vote in case it has changed due to redistricting.

Together, we can make sure Blacksburg continues the progress it has made in recent years, experiences responsible economic development, values its natural resources and cultural heritage, and keeps its government open and transparent.

Thank you,

Michael Sutphin
Candidate for Blacksburg Town Council

One week to go

Friends, neighbors, and supporters:

Over the past several months, I have brought my campaign for Blacksburg Town Council to the people. I have passed out campaign flyers at Steppin’ Out and Gobblerfest, organized house parties and fundraisers, reached out to groups like the Environmental Coalition and the Mount Tabor Ruritans, spoken at town forums, and knocked on more doors than I can count. And I have counted on the support of my friends and neighbors who have donated their time and money to the campaign. This weekend, I was proud to receive an endorsement from The Roanoke Times.

But I still need your help to win. Continue reading “One week to go”

The Roanoke Times endorses Michael Sutphin

Today, The Roanoke Times endorsed Michael Sutphin along with incumbents John Bush and Leslie Hager-Smith for Blacksburg Town Council. The editorial board provided two key reasons to vote for Michael:

First, he represents the future of Blacksburg. This is an excellent time to elect a newcomer with fresh perspectives. The rest of the council is stable and well qualified. Sutphin therefore would have an opportunity to learn from experienced members and perhaps become a civic leader for years to come. … Second, Sutphin is just the sort of young professional Blacksburg strives to attract and retain. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2006 and has been a public relations specialist for the university since then. That means he still is close enough to the student community that he could bring insights to improve town-gown relations.

Check out the full endorsement on The Roanoke Times website.