Virginia Beach Election November 6, 2018

Wondering who is on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election?  Here is a look at the candidates representing Virginia Beach, VA and the upcoming ballot questions.

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US Senate Candidates

US House of Representatives

Virginia Beach Mayor Candidates

Virginia Beach City Council Candidates

Virginia Beach School Board Candidates

Ballot Questions

Congressional Elections 2018

Virginia Federal Elections on Even Years

The United States Congress consists of the United States Senate and the 
US House of Representatives
, all of which represent citizens at the federal level in Washington D.C.

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 2 serves Virginia Beach citizens.

Virginia State Level Elections on Odd Years

News Update: Federal court rules against Virginia House of Delegates in racial gerrymandering case, and new districts are set to be drawn by October 30, 2018.

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 Virginia Beach, There are four different senate districts, and seven different House of Delegates districts.  At the state level, you are required to live in the district that you want to represent. The senate seats and all 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

Website: https://TimKaine.com

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

Campaign Donors for Tim Kaine via VPAP

 

Corey Stewart – Republican

Website: https://www.coreystewart.com/

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

Campaign Donors for Corey Stewart via VPAP

Stewart beat Nick Freitas and E.W. Jackson in the Republican Primary on June 12, 2018.

 

Matt Waters – Libertarian

Website: https://mattwaters.com

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

Campaign Donors for Matt Waters via VPAP

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.

Visit Who Is My Legislator and enter your address to confirm, which district you are in.

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.

Scott Taylor – Republican Incumbent

Website: https://taylor.house.gov/ 

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/RepScottTaylor/ 

Campaign Donors for Scott Taylor via VPAP

 

Elaine G. Luria – Democratic Candidate

Website: https://elaineforcongress.com/

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

Campaign Donors for Elaine Luria via VPAP

 

Virginia Beach Candidates for Mayor

Former Mayor of Virginia Beach, Will Sessoms abruptly resigned from his role as an elected official in the middle of his term in April 2018 and returned to Towne Bank. Virginia Beach city council unanimously voted Louis Jones as acting Mayor until the November 6, 2018 election.

Because two current city council members are vying for the role of Mayor, it will mean that a historic 8 out of 11 Virginia Beach City Council seats will be up for election.  This also means that it is a special election and intended to fulfill the remaining term that Will Sessoms vacated, which ends on December 31. 2020.  The newly elected Mayor will need to run again in the November 2020 elections which will coincide with the next Presidential elections.

Technically the city’s local elections are non partisan. The ballot will lists a R (Republican), D (Democrat), or L (Libertarian) only for the United States Senate and House of Representatives candidates names.  There will likely be people at the polling locations handing out sample Republican or Democratic ballots including the local candidates.  I encourage you to do your own research by clicking on the links below and researching your candidates.

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M. Ben Davenport – Democratic Endorsed Candidate for Mayor of Virginia Beach

Website: https://votebendavenport.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davenport4vbmayor/

Campaign Donors for Ben Davenport via VPAP

Ben Davenport was elected to Virginia Beach city council in November 2014 as a council “at large” representative.

 

Bobby Dyer – Republican Endorsed Candidate for Mayor of Virginia Beach

Website: http://www.bobbydyerformayor.com/

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

Bob Dyer was first elected to Virginia Beach city council in 2009 and has represented the Centerville District.

Campaign Donors for Bobby Dyer via VPAP

Virginia Beach City Council Candidates

Virginia Beach has a hybrid system in the manner in which they elect their city council members.  Total there are three at large seats and seven district seats that become available on various years.  According to The Virginian Pilot  “Candidates have to live in those districts, but voters don’t. They can cast ballots for would-be council members outside of their own communities.”

Two city council members advocating to change this system, including current city council member and candidate John Moss.  The current systems places responsibility on Virginia Beach voters to weed through the large number of candidate names on the ballot.  This leaves some voters relying on the Republican or Democratic slips of paper handed out on election day.

Virginia Beach At Large Candidates

Vote for not more than TWO:  (Six candidates)

Dee B. Oliver

 

Website: http://deeolivervb.com/

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

Dee Oliver is currently the Virginia Beach Planning Commission Vice Chair.

 

John D. Moss – Republican endorsed candidate – Incumbent

 

Website: http://councilmanjohndmoss.com/

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

According to the city of Virginia Beach website “​Council member Moss was re-elected to the City Council in November 2014 following a special election in November 2011.  He served two prior terms on City Council, as the Kempsville Borough Representative (1986 – 1990) and as an at large member (1992 – 1995).”

 

Aaron R. Rouse – Democratic endorsed candidate

Website: http://rouseforcouncil.com/

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

 

Allison M. White – Democratic endorsed candidate

Website: https://www.allisonwhitevb.com/

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

 

Linda M. Bright

Website: https://lindabrightvb.com/

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

 

Garry B. Hubbard 

Website: Unknown

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

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City Council Candidates – Bayside District

Vote for only ONE: (2 Candidates)

Louis R. Jones – Incumbent (28 Years)- Republican & Democratic Endorsement

Website: http://www.louisjonesforcitycouncil.com/

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

Louis Jones is currently acting Mayor of Virginia Beach after former Mayor Will Sessoms abruptly resigned in April 2018.  He is seeking re-election for city council in the Bayside District.  Louis Jones has served on Virginia Beach city council for 28 years consecutively. 

There is some ongoing discussion as to how Louis Jones is listed as a Republican on the Virginia Beach Republican website, and ended up with the Democratic endorsement. There was also some controversy regarding the election of new Democratic chair for the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, Carla Hesseltine. I will update the blog if this recommendation changes.

Brad D. Martin

Website: http://www.bradmartin.org/

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

Campaign Donations for Bayside District Candidates

 

City Council Candidates – Beach District

Vote for only ONE: (4 Candidates)

John E. Coker

Website: http://www.johnecoker.com/

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

 

John E. Uhrin – Incumbent

Website: http://johnuhrinvb.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnuhrin4VB/

Council member Uhrin was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2006 and is now serving his third term on Virginia Beach City Council.

Richard W. “RK” Kowalewitch

Website: Unknown

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

 

David Nygaard – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://www.davidnygaardforcitycouncil.com/

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

 

Campaign Donations for Beach Candidates

City Council Candidates – Lynnhaven District

Vote for only ONE: (3 Candidates)

James L. “Jim” Wood – Incumbent – Republican Endorsed Candidate

Website: http://votejimwood.com/

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

Jim Wood was elected to Virginia Beach city council in 2002.  He was voted as Vice Mayor on May 1, 2018.

 

Michael P. “Mike” Maskell – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://ilikemike.org/

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

 

Susanne M. Henderson

Website: https://votesusannehenderson.com/

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

Campaign Donations for Lynnhaven Candidates

City Council Candidates – Princess Anne District

Vote for only ONE: (4 Candidates)

Barbara Henley– Incumbent (32 Years) – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://www.barbarahenley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Henley-for-Virginia-Beach-City-Council-116337705094383/

According to the city of Virginia Beach website “Mrs. Henley represented the Pungo Borough from 1978 to 1990, during which time she served two years as Vice Mayor.  She served on City Council again from 1994 to 2002, and returned to represent the Princess Anne District in 2006.”

 

Tim P. Worst

Website: https://timworst.com/

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

 

Karen B. Kwasny

Website: https://karenkwasny.com/

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

 

Pieri Evan Burton

Website: Unknown

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

 

Campaign Donations for Princess Anne Candidates

City Council Candidates – Centerville District

Vote for only ONE: (3 Candidates)

Sabrina D. Wooten – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://www.goresearch.me/sabrina-wooten-for-virginia-beach-city-council

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wooten2win/

 

Eric V. Wray, Jr.

Website: https://ericvwray.com/

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

 

C. Conrad  Schesventer II

Website: http://www.friendsforconrad.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/C-Conrad-Schesventer-for-Virginia-Beach-City-Council-495493144226281/

Wavy 10 Candidate Profile Conrad Schesventer II


Campaign Donations for Centerville District Candidates

Virginia Beach School Board Candidates

All Virginia Beach residents can vote in every district race for both city council and school board. 

Virginia Beach School Board Website: http://vbschools.com/schoolBoard/

Read The Virginian Pilot Articles:

“12 candidates to battle for six spots on the Virginia Beach School Board” – June 17, 2018

“Grading, safety among hot topics at Virginia Beach School Board candidate forums” – October 18, 2018

School Board  – At Large Candidates

Vote for not more than TWO: (5 Candidates)

Dorothy M. “Dottie” Holtz – Incumbent (Elected 2010) – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: Unknown

Virginia Beach School Board Bio for Dottie Holtz

Campaign Donors for Dottie Holtz via VPAP

 

Robert N. “Bobby” Melatti

Website: Unknown

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

Campaign Donors for Bobby Melatti via VPAP

 

Laura King Hughes

Website: https://www.hughesvbsb.com/

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

Campaign Donations for Laura Huges via VPAP

 

Seko B. Varner – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: http://www.choosesekovarner.com/

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

Campaign Donors for Seko Varner via VPAP

 

Stephen A. Johnston

Website: Unknown

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

Campaign Donors for Stephen Johnston via VPAP

School Board  – Bayside District Candidate

Vote for only ONE:  (1 Candidate)

Carolyn D. Weems – Incumbent (Elected 2002) – Republican Endorsed Candidate

Website: Unknown

Virginia Beach School Board Member Bio for Carolyn Weems

Campaign Donors for Carolyn Weems via VPAP

School Board  – Beach District Candidates

Vote for only ONE:  (2 Candidate)

Sharon R. Felton– Incumbent (Elected 2014) – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://www.sharonfelton.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SharonFelton4vbschools/

Virginia Beach School Board Member Bio for Sharon Felton

Campaign Donors for Sharon Felton via VPAP

 

Kendra Gail Edwards 

Website: Unknown

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kendra-G-Edwards-for-VB-School-Board-Beach-District-490848564766639/

No noted campaign donations for Kendra Edwards via VPAP

School Board  – Lynnhaven District Candidates

Vote for only ONE:  (2 Candidate)

Carolyn T. Rye – Incumbent (Elected 2014) – Democratic Endorsed Candidate

Website: https://carolynrye.com/

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

Virginia School Board Member Bio for Carolyn Rye

Campaign Donors for Carolyn Rye via VPAP

 

Mary Watson Wales 

Website: http://www.marywatsonwales.com/

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

Campaign Donors for Mary Wales via VPAP

School Board  – Princess Anne District Candidates

Click here to read a detailed article via The Princess Anne Independent News regarding the two Princess Anne School District Candidates.

Vote for only ONE:  (2 Candidate)

Kimberly A. Melnyk – Incumbent (Elected 2014) – Republican Endorsed Candidate

Website: Unknown

Virginia Beach Board Member Bio for Kimberly Melnyk

Campaign Donors for Kimberly Melnyk via VPAP

 

Paul F. Day

Website: http://paulday.org/

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

Campaign Donors for Paul Day via VPAP

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Ballot Questions Virginia 2018

Ballot Question # 1- Virginia Property Tax Exemption for Flood Abatement Amendment

“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:

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, and we know Virginia Beach has a much larger number of homes in flood risk areas.

I reached out a few of the Virginia Senators and Virginia House of Delegates members who voted on this issue that represent Virginia Beach citizens.

Senator William R. DeSteph Jr. (R), Senator John Cosgrove (R), Senator Linwood Lewis (D), Senator Frank Wagner (R) all voted for in favor for this question as a constitutional amendment under SB 219 to be on the ballot on 2/12/18.

Virgina Beach Delegates Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D)Barry Knight (R), Glen R. Davis Jr. (R), Joseph C. Lindsey (D),  Jason Miyares (R), Christopher Stolle (R), and Cheryl B.Turpin (D)  all voted in favor on 2/28/18.

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 Virginia Beach has tens of thousands of 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 Virginia Beach 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.

Citizen Organization Recommendations

Stop the Flooding NOW Facebook Group recommends candidates as the “Five on Flooding”.

Citizens for New VB Council Facebook Group recommends their suggested candidates as the “Clean House Voter Guide”.

The non partisan group “Citizens 4 New VB Council” also recommends the following school board candidates and more can been seen on their Facebook page:

Laura King Hughes (At Large), Carolyn D Weems (Bayside), Kendra Gail Edwards (Beach), Mary Watson Wales (Lynhaven) & Paul F. Day (Princess Anne).

Ed Paul a Young Republican in Virginia Beach put together his personal list of conservative candidates in his blog post.

 

Virginia Beach Polling Location Changes

2018 POLLING LOCATION CHANGES:

Relocated Polling Location:

Chimney Hill (0080) has moved to Rosemont Elementary School, 1257 Rosemont Road, 23456.

New Precincts:

Salem Woods (0099) – Parkway Elementary School, 4180 O’Hare Drive, 23453
Sandbridge (0100) – Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 1265 Sandbridge Road, 23456.

New voter notifications were mailed out to all voters affected by the changes.

Visit WHO IS MY LEGISLATOR and enter your address to confirm, which district you are in. Visit WHERE DO I VOTE to confirm polling location.

Election information for Chesapeake, VA Residents – November 2018

Comments

  1. The local GOP doesn’t endorse in local, non-partisan races. Louis Jones does NOT have the VBGOP endorsement.

    1. The information came from the Republican Party of Virginia Beach website under “elected leaders” and then “city council” at http://rpvb.org/elected-leaders/

      It states “The Republican Party of Virginia Beach supports the elected leaders of our party at all levels of government.”

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