A new candidate is stepping into the spotlight for what was once thought to be a one-person race for Roanoke mayor. Current city councilman Sherman Lea won the democratic nomination for mayor and remains unopposed on the republican side. An independent candidate, however is fighting his way onto the ballot. Martin Jeffrey launched his campaign after it was official that the Roanoke city mayor’s race would only have one candidate to vote for. Jeffrey says he has lived in the star city for 30 years now, and has been active in community organizations like the NAACP and total action for progress.