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" Some folks thought he
should agree with them
all the time, and he
didn't. "
-MORGAN GRIFFITH
That may have been why Ware's conviction
and shooting were leaked to me by one of
his political enemies a year later, when the
incumbent delegate faced a challenge from
Delvis " Mac " McCadden.
When I presented Ware with what I'd
confirmed, he took a deep breath before
acknowledging the incident and citing it as a
motivating factor in his career ever since then.
Ware later said he knew that story would come
out one day, and that he owed it to his staff and
volunteers to be truthful. He even told me he'd
asked the doctors to leave the bullet in.
" I need to be, every now and then, able to
reach back and grab my butt and remember
where I was and how far I've come, " Ware said
back in 2007.
The next month, he won reelection with
62% of the vote to McCadden's 37%.
Ware served until resigning in 2014. His
unexpected retirement from the General
Assembly resulted in a primary among
Roanoke Democrats that included two sitting
council members but which was ultimately won
by Sam Rasoul, who went on to easily win the
general election. Ware's former colleagues in
the General Assembly, meanwhile, appointed
him to become the first Black judge in Roanoke
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Ware served as a judge
there until 2020, when
he became Roanoke's
first Black circuit court
judge in a fractious
appointment. Edwards
supported another sitting
J&D judge, while Rasoul
backed Ware. When
Edwards forced a vote
on the issue, all of the
Senate Republicans and
a few Democrats walked
off the floor instead
of backing his choice.
Sen. Lionel Spruill of
Chesapeake, saying
Edwards was trying to
sink Ware because he
" can't stand " him. Instead,
Ware was appointed to
an eight-year term to
replace the retiring Judge
William Broadhurst.
Ware said he intends to serve his term and
retire at 73, but hopes to see more Black and
women judges on the bench by that time.
" I think I've had a good run, " Ware said.
" And I'm not finished. " I
Above:
From left, former delegate and now Sen. Lionell Spruill,
Ware and Del. Vivian Watts in the House of Delegates.
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