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Who is on the Ballot in Chesapeake for May 1, 2018?

In November of 2017, former Chesapeake Mayor, Dr. Alan Krasnoff was elected to the city’s Clerk of Court Position.  He jumped from a salary of $25,000 as the Mayor of Chesapeake to $154,000 annually by becoming a city employee.  As a result the newly appointed Vice Mayor, Rick West slid in to fulfill the role as Mayor until the election on May 1, 2018.  This in turn opened up a vacancy on city council and Dwight Parker was appointed to fulfill this role until the spring election.

Both the Mayor and the one city council position will be shortened two year terms intended to back fill the original term of former Mayor Krasnoff and then council member Rick West. Both positions will be up for re-election again in 2020.

Mayor Candidates

City Council Candidates

City Council Candidates 2 Year Special Election

School Board Candidates

Where to Vote in Chesapeake

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Chesapeake Mayor Candidates

Richard W. “Rick” West

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 2008

Rick West was elected to Chesapeake City Council in May 2008 and re-elected in 2012 & 2016.  In June 2016 city council asked long time Vice Mayor Dr. De Triquet to step down and in turn voted Rick West in as Vice Mayor.  The citizens of Chesapeake did not vote for him to become Mayor, but rather West was temporarily appointed as Mayor when Dr. Krasnoff accepted the Clerk of Court position in November of 2017 until this the special election could be held on May 1, 2018.

Although the city of Chesapeake website does not make mention of it, Rick West is currently a real estate agent with Rose and Womble. He has a long track record of voting in favor of developers and for housing developments even when city staff, including engineers, certified planners and school administrators, recommended denial for 11 out of the 30 developments,” according to the Virginian Pilot newspaper. The past article notes that West voted YES for every single housing development except for two that he was excused from.

Official Website: Unknown according to Virginia Department of Elections

Facebook: Facebook.com/RickWestChesapeakeMayor/

Rick West top campaign donors have been in Real Estate & Development. As of April 16, 2018 he has raised $98,340.

 

Jo Anne M. Gallant  

Independent

Official Website: MomForMayor.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/MomForMayor

Jo Anne Gallant is the fun loving Mom of two teenagers, Cameron & Meadow, both of whom currently attend Grassfield High School. Her husband Ray is a United States Navy Veteran and they have been faithfully married for over 19 years.

She is both a licensed real estate appraiser and a real estate sales person, yet she has openly advocated against several large developments proposed in Chesapeake.  She has used her industry knowledge to educate city council about the negative impact that many of these developments have had our existing homeowners, and has encourage our city to look back and learn from it’s past mistakes. She is concerned about the impact that over development is having on Chesapeake in regards to flooding, traffic and schools.

Her extensive real estate experience includes managing government subsidized properties, which included creating and implementing both capital improvement and operating budgets. She has concerns regarding the details of the city budget and expresses these concerns on her blog.  She has also personally rehabbed several houses in a very hands on manner including restoring an original A-Frame house in the Outer Banks.

Jo Anne is advocating for more responsible growth in Chesapeake citing the long term impacts to our infrastructure.  She is self funding her campaign as an example of her ability to budget and use money effectively.  She is aware of many issues facing our schools as she currently has children attending Chesapeake public schools. She is hoping to bring a fresh perspective and integrity back to our government.

As a Mom, she even found a creative way to get her children and other neighborhood children involved in the over development issue after she heard them discussing the school rezoning.

 

Read more articles about Jo Anne Gallant in the News. 

Jo Anne Gallant has self-funded her campaign to date by choice. As of April 16,2018 she has contributed $1,406.

Chesapeake City Council Candidates

R. Steve Best

Republican Endorsement

Official Website: According to Virginia Department of Elections it is VoteSteveBest.com, but link does not appear to be working at this time.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Steve-Best-for-Chesapeake-City-Council-147687362602030/

View Steve Best campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Roland J. Davis, Jr.

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 2014

Official Website: VoteRolandDavis.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/VoteRolandDavis/

Roland Davis was elected to Chesapeake City Council for his first term in May 2014.  He is focused on bringing high speed broadband internet to the area, and keeping Chesapeake citizens informed. He is president of Davis Business Appraisers.

View Roland Davis campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Susan R. Vitale

Republican Endorsement

Official Website: FriendsofSusanVitale.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/susanvitalechesapeake/

Susan is a retired Navy captain. She is currently employed by Microsoft.

View Susan Vitale campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Matthew R. “Matt” Hamel

Republican Endorsement

Website: http://www.votematthamel.com/

Facebook: Facebook.com/matthamelforchesapeake/

Matt Hamel is an attorney whose office is in Virginia Beach and focuses on military divorces. Several of his children attend private schools in Virginia Beach and one attends the STEM program at Grassfield High School.

View Matt Hamel campaign donors at VPAP.

 

John M. de Triquet

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 1994

Official Website: Unknown according to Virginia Department of Elections

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohndeTriquet/

Dr. John de Triquet has been on city council a historic 24 years. He was first elected in 1994.  He was our Vice Mayor until he June 2016 when he was asked to step down so city council could appoint Rick West the role. Ironically, he was then voted back in as Vice Mayor in November 2017.  He is a pediatrician.

De Triquet openly advocates against home based businesses as noted on the February 20, 2018 city council meeting discussing proposed home day care restrictions attempting to limit their hours of operation.

A city wide effort to set local term limits was made in Chesapeake, however the effort fell short of the required signatures and De Triquet is back on the ballot seeking election to city council hoping to serve 28 years.

View John de Triquet campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Mary Lou Burke

Independent – Endorsed by Hampton Roads Green Party

Official Website: MaryLou4Chesapeake.nationbuilder.com/blog

Facebook: Facebook.com/MaryLouBurke4Chesapeake/

Mary Lou Burke is a high school teacher. After earning a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Latin from the University of Vermont, she received fellowships towards an M.A. in Classics at Tufts University and an M.S.A. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University.

She is a strong advocate for protecting Chesapeake farmers and successfully led an effort to change city code to allow for backyard hens. Mary Lou started the Facebook group 4 Chesapeake Hens and she continues to share her knowledge and education with the public on both chickens and organic gardening.

Mary Lou Burke campaign finance information via VPAP. She has had a commitment not to accept donations from large corporations or developers.

 

Levin H. Turner

Independent

Official Website:  TurnerForCouncil.com/

FacebookFacebook.com/turnerforcouncil/

Levin Turner is a local firefighter. He is a long time resident of Chesapeake and is deeply concerned about public safety, our schools, and overall community engagement.  As a father of five children, Levin feels it is personal responsibility to leave Chesapeake in a better state for our future generations.

View campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Les Smith Jr.

Democratic Endorsement

Official Website: LesSmithForOffice.com/

Facebook: Facebook.com/lessmithforoffice/

View campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Ella P. Ward

Democratic Endorsement – Incumbent- Elected 2006

Official Website: VoteForEllaWard.com

Dr. Ella Ward’s was first elected to Chesapeake city council in 2006. Her extensive background includes 35 years as a teacher and administrator and eight years on the Board of Education in Richmond, Virginia.  She was valedictorian of not only her high school class, but also her college graduating class. She has been an active member of a long list of civic leagues and community activists groups.

Dr. Ella Ward has dedicated her life to serving our community. Speaker after speaker spoke at city hall to advocate for her to become Vice Mayor in November 2017. There is an interesting video that can be found at ChangeChesapeake.com/Ella.

Ella Ward campaign finance reports via VPAP.

 

Gene A. Waters

Independent

Official Website: GeneForCouncil.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/electgenewaters/

Gene Waters is an independent candidate who elected to Chesapeake city council in 1998 for one term.  He has had several previous campaigns since for city council.  He has been a long term activist in the community trying to protect the city’s rural heritage.

“I’ve decided to get in the race for City Council to provide Chesapeake citizens with an alternative to the direction the majority of City Council is taking our City. By 2020, we will be the 2nd largest City in Virginia, yet we have to attend graduation ceremonies in downtown Norfolk and have tiny recreational centers that were built in the 70’s. Our Council is more concerned about building apartments and condos, overcrowding our schools and turning Southern Chesapeake into another Greenbrier instead of focusing on the needs of existing communities. It is certainly “Time for a New Direction” in Chesapeake!”

Gene Waters campaign finance reports via VPAP.

 

Jennifer L. Barnes

Independent

Official Website: ChangeChesapeake.com/Barnes

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-Barnes-for-Chesapeake-City-Council-404287436664194/

Jennifer Barnes is a mother to six children all in the Chesapeake public school system. She understands the challenges of special needs children as three of her own have Individual Education Plans IEPs. Her husband, Trent is active duty Naval Officer currently stationed out of Norfolk.

Jennifer’s holds several degrees including a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Masters in Organizational Management. She is a former probation officer, sexual assault and domestic violence therapist, and a child protective services social worker.  Jennifer and her husband Trent have fostered over 30 children through the state foster care system, and adopted four of those children.

In addition Jennifer has a certified USDA small farm in Chesapeake that has been selling at the local Chesapeake Farmer’s Market for several years. She started and founded the Chesapeake Small Farmers Coalition out of a need to correct live stock zoning ordinances, land rights and farming rights in Chesapeake.  After working diligently for the past year, Jennifer Barnes and the Chesapeake Small Farmers Coalition was able to collaborate with city council, city attorneys, city planning department, farm bureau and the Agriculture Advisory Board to successfully revise 1200 pages of zoning laws.

View campaign donors at VPAP. She has had a commitment not to accept donations from large corporations or developers.

 

Chesapeake City Council – 2 Year Candidates

Marty L. Williams

Republican Endorsement

Official Website: Unknown according to Virginia Department of Elections

Facebook: Facebook.com/Marty-Williams-for-Chesapeake-City-Council-173237816606630/

Marty Williams campaign reports on VPAP.

 

David Schleeper

Independent 

   

Website: Schleeper.info

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schleeper2018/

David Schleeper is a life long resident of Chesapeake, Virginia.  He is a Professional Engineer and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. However, it is the time that he spend on his grandfather’s farm in Chesapeake that has influenced him to become an outspoken advocate for responsible growth and preserving and protecting our agricultural heritage.

David Schleeper has advocated many key issues in the city.  He pioneered the Chesapeake Term Limits ballot petition in an attempt to set limits on local career politicians.  He was an outspoken proponent against the Frank T. Williams Farms Mega Site Development as well as other large housing developments.  His candidate approach of “calling it like he sees” but showing the facts and figures behind his research has made him a ChangeChesapeake.com favorite!

David Schleeper in the News.

View campaign donors at VPAP. He has had a commitment not to accept donations from large corporations or developers.

 

Dwight M. Parker

Democratic Endorsement – Incumbent 

Official Website: Unknown according to Virginia Department of Elections

See City of Chesapeake website for more information regarding Dwight Parker. 

View campaign donors at VPAP.

 

Chesapeake School Board Candidates

Bryan A. “Bubba” Miles

Independent

Facebook: Facebook.com/VoteBubba2018/

Mortgage broker

 

Colleen C. Leary

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 2014

Facebook: Facebook.com/Leary4SchoolBoard/

Read more on Chesapeake School Board website.

 

Louis J. Tayon, Jr.

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 2014

Facebook: Facebook.com/Tayonforschoolboard2018/

Read more on Chesapeake School Board website.

 

Harry A. Murphy

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 1998

Facebook: Facebook.com/Harry-Murphy-Chesapeake-School-Board-244424965674938/

Read more on Chesapeake School Board website.

 

Michael J. Woods

Republican Endorsement  – Incumbent – Elected 1998

Website: www.Woodspc.com

Read more on Chesapeake School Board website.

 

Patricia Y. King, MD

Democratic Endorsement

Website: ElectPatriciaKing.com 

Facebook: Facebook.com/ElectPatKing/

In 1996 Patricia King opened her own medical practice in Greenbrier, Chesapeake. She also is a frequent speaker in the community, educating the public on mental health. Most importantly, Patricia King is a devoted mother who raised 3 children in the city of Chesapeake and believes that her role as a homeowner, business owner, voter, and educator in this city has thoroughly prepared her for the Chesapeake School Board.

“Chesapeake has one of the largest and best school systems in the state of Virginia. However, I am concerned about some of the issues that are affecting our teachers, students and parents. I am planning to work with everyone involved, including School Board members to address these concerns.

I would like to:

Attract, recruit and retain qualified teachers and address the critical teacher shortage by increasing teacher salaries and by ensuring yearly raises

Increase funding for the maintenance of our school buses, especially those that are aged

Improve the safety of our schools by requiring metal detectors and panic buttons throughout all of our Chesapeake schools

Manage the issue of overcrowding in some of our school districts with common sense planning which minimizes disruption to our teachers, students and parents

Increase funding for the repairs needed to the infrastructure of our schools

Invest in hiring school bus drivers and substitute bus drivers to minimize the significant transportation issues that plaque our city.”

Gayle M. Gilmore

Independent – Endorsed by New Chesapeake Men for Progress

Facebook: Facebook.com/gayle.m.gilmore

Gayle Gilmore is a retired Chesapeake schools guidance counselor.   Her motto and motivation for running for Chesapeake School Board is “It is all about the children!”

 

Luis F. Padilla

Independent – Endorsed by New Chesapeake Men for Progress

Luis Padilla

Official Website: https://www.politicalbank.com/find-candidates/luis-f-padilla

Facebook: Facebook.com/LUIForAChange/

Luis is a senior at Western Branch High School. He is also known as Sensei because he is black belt and teacher at Red Dragon Martial Arts in the Chesapeake Square Mall. Luis completed coursework as a health care technician, and is a recipient of Chesapeake’s Best Citizen Award. He believes his unique perspective as a student will provide valuable insight to the Chesapeake School Board.

Luis Padilla in the News:  http://wtkr.com/2018/03/22/high-school-senior-one-out-11-candidates-for-open-chesapeake-school-board-seats/

Sharon Johnson – Clayton

Endorsed by New Chesapeake Men for Progress

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.johnsonclayton

For over 20 years, Sharon Clayton- Johnson has been the President of Eddie’s Chesapeake Bay Crabhouse & More Inc.  Not only has she been a successful small business owner in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, but she has also been involved volunteer within the community.  Sharon is a retired network engineer and graduated from Norfolk State University School of Business.

“I campaign to put SAFETY in our schools FIRST, fight for DESERVED PAY RAISES for our teachers, staff and bus drivers, make SMART and RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS on choosing our next Superintendent, determine proper zoning, and ADVOCATE for much needed IMPROVEMENTS to our schools!”

 

Bradley A. Whitlow

Independent

Facebook:  Facebook.com/bradwhitlow2018/ 

***Brad Whitlow is one the only school board candidates who actively has children in the Chesapeake school system. His wife is also a special education teacher. ***

Bradley Whitlow has lived in Chesapeake for 20 years and has three children currently in the Chesapeake Public Schools. His wife is a special educator in the Chesapeake Public Schools, and as a parent and a husband, he has a vested interest in the success and performance of the public schools. Bradley Whitlow is a Chemical Engineering Graduate from the University of Virginia and is currently the Director of Quality Assurance at Yupo Corporation America.

“I decided to run for school board because I think there should be more representation from people like me on the board, people who understand the current needs of the families involved in the schools. My primary objective for school board is to see a greater accountability to the people of Chesapeake and to the employees of the school system.    I promise to remain true to myself if elected.”

 

Christie New Craig

Republican Endorsement – Incumbent – Elected 2010

Facebook: Facebook.com/ElectChristieNewCraig/

Read more on Chesapeake School Board website.

Where to Vote in Chesapeake?

Find Your Polling Location in Chesapeake and See Your Ballot

Click the question “Where do I vote in Chesapeake, VA?”  Enter your basic information and then scroll down and click on Polling Place and Show Ballot. The ballot includes links to the candidates websites. The website, sponsored by the state of Virginia, consolidates your voting location information and your ballot in one place based off your personal information.

However, if you don’t want to enter your personal information, you can also find your polling location in Chesapeake by entering just your address. This link does not include the ballot, which can be found on the Chesapeake Registrar’s website if you know your precinct.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is April 9, 2018.  If you have not registered to vote you may:

Register On Line

Print and Mail an Application

Learn more or Obtain Absentee Ballot by visiting the Chesapeake Registrar’s Office website

Chesapeake Registrar

411 Cedar Road

Chesapeake, VA 23322

757-277-9797

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