Virginia Election November 6, 2018
Wondering who is on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election? Here is a look at the candidates representing Chesapeake, VA and the upcoming ballot questions.
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Congressional Elections 2018
Virginia Federal Elections on Even Years
US Senate elections are staggered over even years so that only about one third of the Senate is up for reelection during any election. The two US Senators that represent Virginia each serve six year terms and Senator Tim Kaine (D) is seeking reelection in November of 2018 against two opponents. Senator Mark Warner’s (D) seat will be up for election in November 2020.
The US House of Representatives each serve two year terms are are elected on even years. There are eleven US House Representatives that represent Virginia at the federal level. District 3 & District 4 are those which serve Chesapeake, Virginia citizens.
Virginia State Level Elections on Odd Years
At the state level, the Virginia General Assembly also consists of a Senate (4 Year Term) and House of Delegates (2 Year Term) that are elected on odd numbered years. Within Chesapeake, we have three different senate districts, and five different House of Delegates districts. At the state level, you are required to live in the district that you want to represent. All three senate seats and all five House of Delegates seat will be part of the the November 5, 2019 election.
It is interesting to note that the dates of the majority of our state and local elections do not coincide with the Presidential election in 2020 making it critically important to vote in these smaller elections.
Candidates for U. S. Senate in Virginia 2018
(6 Year Term)
Tim Kaine Democratic Incumbent
Prior Vice Presidential Nomination, Previous Governor of Virginia, Previous Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Previous Mayor of Richmond
Corey Stewart Republican
Matt Waters Libertarian
Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives 2018
Heading into the November 6th election, the Republican Party holds 7 of the 11 congressional seats from Virginia. Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are considered for reelection every even year.
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You can also view the Chesapeake VA Districts as a list on the City of Chesapeke’s Registrar’s Website.
District 3: Bobby Scott (D) vs No Opponent (2 Year Term)
District 3 Neighborhoods in Chesapeake, VA:
Camelot, Churchland, Crestwood, South Norfolk, Oscar Smith, Geneva Park, Georgetown, Gilmerton, B.M. Williams, Indian River, Fellowship, Norfolk Highlands, Oaklette, St. Julians, Johnson Park, Silverwood, Tanglewood, Carver School, Providence, Westover, Taylor Rd, Bailey Creek, River Birch, Parkways, Nansemond, Fairways, Pughsville, Green Tree, Cypress, and E.W. Chittum which is spilt between districts 3 & 4.
Bobby Scott Democratic Incumbent
No challenger in 2018. Previously beat Marty Williams who for recently ran for Chesapeake city council in May 2018.
District 4: A. Donald McEachin (D) vs Ryan Adams (R) (2 Year Term)
District 4 neighborhoods in Chesapeake, VA:
Great Bridge, Bethel, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, Bells Mill, Grassfield, Hickory Grove, Indian Creek, Jolliff, Oak Grove, Sunray I and II, Hickory Middle School, Great Bridge Baptist, Bridgetown, Lake Drummond, John T. West, Pleasant Crossing, Green Sea, Jolliff Middle School, Waterway, Riverwalk, Coopers Way, Shipyard Road, Clearfield, Parkers Road, Centerville, Fentress, Popular Branch, and E.W. Chittum which is spilt between districts 3 & 4.
A. Donald McEachin Democratic Incumbent
Ryan McAdams Republican
Ryan McAdams beat Shion Fenty in the recent Republican primary election.
“Should a county, city, or town be authorized to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property?”
A YES vote supports amending the state constitution to empower the state legislature to authorize local governments to provide a partial local property tax exemption for real estate subject to recurrent flooding that undertook improvements to abate or mitigate flooding or become more resilient against flooding.
A NO vote opposes amending the state constitution to empower the state legislature to authorize local governments to provide a partial local property tax exemption for real estate subject to recurrent flooding that undertook improvements to abate or mitigate flooding or become more resilient against flooding.
Impact of Question 1 on Chesapeake:
The wording of Ballot Question # 1 has caused some confusion as it is unclear on what criteria would qualify a homeowner to be classified with the verbiage “real estate subject to recurrent flooding”. When speaking with a representative from Chesapeake’s Emergency Management department, I was informed that Chesapeake has approximately 11.000 properties that are zoned in AE, which is considered a FEMA high risk flood area, and sub-sequentially requires home owners with a mortgage to pay high premiums for flood insurance.
We also have an additional 7,000 homes in Zone X-500, which are considered part of the 500 year flood risk area. The representative also noted that evacuation area Zone A & B consisted of over 46,000 homes, which may not necessarily be in FEMA high risk flood areas. It is unclear which of these homeowners would meet the criteria.
I reached out to the Virginia Senators and Virginia House of Delegates members who voted on this issue that represent Chesapeake citizens.
I received responses from the majority of our elected officials. In summary, the specific criteria on who this would apply to would be determined after the ballot questions was approved. If citizens voted YES on Ballot Question # 1, it would then move to the Virginia General Assembly and they would have to pass a statute that authorizes localities to give these exemptions where more specific language and criteria would be worked out. If approved by the General Assembly, then each individual city would determine if they wanted to adopt a city ordinance stating specific guidelines on which properties, what type of flood modifications and how much of a tax incentive would be given.
Considering that Chesapeake has a potential 46,000 citizens who could possibly receive a tax incentive from this, it will be interesting to see how people vote. If approved, it could certainly impact the city’s overall budget, but the General Assembly and Chesapeake City Council would need to approve it first.
Ballot Question # 2 – Virginia Remove Restriction on Residence for Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Amendment
“Shall the real property tax exemption for a primary residence that is currently provided to the surviving spouses of veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability be amended to allow the surviving spouse to move to a different primary residence and still claim the exemption?”
A YES vote supports amending the state constitution to remove a restriction on where the surviving spouse of a disabled military veteran may have his or her principal place of residence in order to receive a property tax exemption.
A NO vote opposes amending the state constitution to remove a restriction a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a disabled military veteran, thereby leaving in place the requirement that the surviving spouse cannot move to a new residence and still qualify for the exemption.
Impact of Question 2 on Chesapeake:
According to the Chesapeake Commissioner of Revenue Office, there are currently 66 residents who are surviving spouses of military veterans who had a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability currently utilizing the real property tax exemption in the City of Chesapeake.
Where to Vote in Chesapeake?
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.
Chesapeake Voting Precinct Changes
Double check where to vote in Chesapeake as several polling locations changed in September 2018.
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Chesapeake Registrar’s Office Website Notes These Precinct Changes for September 2018 – Relocation of Georgetown Precinct (0012), E.W. Chittum (0020), Shipyard Road Precinct (0052), Fairways Precinct (0053), and Expressway Precinct (0058).
The polling place for the Georgetown Precinct (0012) has been relocated from Indian River Middle School to Indian River Community Center located at 2250 Old Greenbrier Road.
The polling place for the E. W. Chittum Precinct (0020) has been relocated from E. W. Chittum Elementary School to Alexander Baptist Church located at 4316 Pamela Court.
The polling place for the Shipyard Road Precinct (0052) has been relocated from Deep Creek Central Elementary School to Grassfield Baptist Church located at 1772 Cedar Road.
The polling place for the Fairways Precinct (0053) has been relocated from Greenbrier Church to First Norfolk Church located at 1516 Volvo Parkway.
The polling place for the Expressway Precinct (0058) has been relocated from River Oak Church to Mount Olive Baptist Church located at 662 Fernwood Farms Road.
Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is October 15, 2018. If you have not registered to vote you may:
411 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
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