Meet Ryan

Candidate for Commissioner of the Revenue

Hello and welcome to my campaign website!

My name is Ryan LaFountain, and I would like to be your next Commissioner of the Revenue. I have lived in Roanoke for 7 years and I am proud to call Roanoke my forever home. I am a 2007 graduate of Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Tech.

Through my life, I have dedicated myself to the purpose of the betterment of others. In my youth, I was a member of Key Club; I have volunteered on build projects for Habitat for Humanity; and I served on the Giggles and Grins social action committee with Temple Emanuel here in Roanoke. My professional life also embodies my commitment to service.

For the last 14 years, I have worked for credit unions, an industry defined by the motto people helping people. I have served credit union members from being a teller to management – at all points working towards the goal of financial empowerment for credit union members. I believe that role of the Commissioner of the Revenue lends itself well to someone who embodies that philosophy of people helping people.

While the office of the Commissioner of the Revenue serves a substantial administrative role with taxes, the office also serves as a critical initial point of contact with small businesses who are seeking to establish themselves in Roanoke. As such, the office needs to be a bastion of trust and transparency: a forward-facing office of the city, dedicated to providing high-quality service consistently and evenly. People helping people, the philosophy which I have embraced my entire career, ensures that. As your Commissioner of the Revenue, I am excited at the opportunity to bring this philosophy to the office and to make change, bringing my energy and engagement to that office, spreading that energy and engagement, and bringing yet more magic to the Magic City.



Making Change for Roanoke


  • Improving citizen-customer service
  • Utilizing current technology
  • Working with small business incubators
  • Engaging all communities in Roanoke



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Why I’m running

I’ve long believed that getting a fresh set of eyes on a problem is a great way for people and organizations to gain new perspectives on what they’re doing and who they’re doing it for. I’m running for Commissioner of the Revenue to bring a breath of fresh air to that office and to deliver common sense solutions for the taxpayers of Roanoke, in the spirit of trust, transparency, and making change. In the wake of COVID-19, we have an opportunity and an obligation to make Roanoke a better place to do business for everyone.


On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Vote Ryan LaFountain for Commissioner of the Revenue.