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Brad Martin

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Brad Martin
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Virginia Beach City Council
Former Officeholder
In office
January 2014 - December 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Appointed byVirginia Beach City Council
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University
Campaign website
Brad Martin is a former at-large member of the Virginia Beach, Virginia City Council. He was appointed to the council in January 2014 to fill the seat left vacant by Bill R. DeSteph, Jr, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013. He left office in December 2014.[1]


Martin holds a B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Washington and Lee University. His professional experience includes working as an Engineer at Martin Engineering and serving on the boards of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board, the city’s Process Improvement Steering Committee, the Arts & Humanities Commission, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Development Advisory Board, Friends of the Virginia Beach Historic Houses and the Rotary Club of Cape Henry.[1]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Martin highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "Virginia Beach is recognized as having the fourth best school system in the country. It’s no accident. Many Council and School Board members made difficult choices to invest in our schools and our teachers, and parents and students throughout the City have done their part as well in creating a school system that is the envy of almost every other city in America. I support a periodic review of our updated school funding formula, which allows our education system to be supported by multiple revenue streams and less vulnerable to either funding cuts or variances in property values."


  • Excerpt: "Virginia Beach has done well in recent years and we can build on those successes. The modern economy makes it possible that, because of advances in telecommuting and information sharing, Virginia Beach can be a home to almost any modern industry. Since small business is the creator of most new jobs, we should be nurturing, educating, and attracting entrepreneurs who can help take a local economy to the next level. This requires quality schools, a lifestyle that’s vibrant and creative, with neighborhoods that are safe and secure, and a local tax structure that encourages new business and job expansion."

Public safety

  • Excerpt: "Our Police, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Services personnel are among the best-trained and best-performing in the nation. It’s easy to remember the big events where they have shined under the public spotlight, like the Good Friday plane crash. But our public safety professionals and volunteers bring their A-game every day. As a Councilman, I keep them a high priority to make sure they have the best training and equipment possible and make sure we hire enough personnel to make sure calls get quick responses when lives are on the line. In these days of pay compression, staffing fluctuations and revenues that are always outpaced by needs, we should make a special effort that we retain and reward those in uniform who risk their lives at any moment to save the lives of others."


  • Excerpt: "Virginia’s most populous city should be a city of mobility. It should be easier to travel around our City, from Kempsville to Great Neck, from Shore Drive to Town Center, and from the Amphitheater to the Oceanfront. I will fight to give citizens more transportation choices to more easily enjoy our entire City, all year long. Also key to transportation improvement is making it easier for visitors to travel to and from Virginia Beach. Our economy is regional, and our tourism economy draws from states hundreds of miles away. Our City’s visitors must be able to arrive and leave the City efficiently, or it will cost us revenue and jobs."



See also: Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia held elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014.

Six council seats were up for election.[3] In the at-large race, M. Ben Davenport and incumbent John D. Moss defeated incumbent Brad Martin and George Furman, III.[4][5]

Virginia Beach City Council, At-large, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngM. Ben Davenport 32.5% 47,853
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn D. Moss Incumbent 32.3% 47,659
Brad D. Martin Incumbent 26.5% 39,032
George Furman, III 8.1% 11,867
Write-in 0.7% 971
Total Votes 147,382
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results



In 2014, Martin's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Representative Scott Rigell
  • Senator Jeff McWaters
  • Senator Frank Wagner
  • Delegate Glenn Davis
  • Delegate Barry Knight
  • Delegate Christopher Stolle
  • Delegate Scott Taylor
  • Delegate Ronald Villanueva
  • Mayor William Sessoms Jr.
  • Vice Mayor Louis Jones – Bayside
  • Bob Dyer – Centerville
  • Shannon Kane – Rose Hall
  • John Uhrin – Beach
  • Rosemary Wilson – At Large
  • James Wood – Lynnhaven
  • City Treasurer John Atkinson
  • Clerk of Circuit Courts Tina Sinnen
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle
  • Sheriff Kenneth Stolle
  • Dan Edwards (Chairman), Virginia Beach School Board
  • William Brunke (Vice-Chair), Virginia Beach School Board
  • Beverly Anderson, Virginia Beach School Board
  • Bobby Melatti, Virginia Beach School Board
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Virginia Beach School Board
  • Leonard Tengco, Virginia Beach School Board
  • Carolyn Weems, Virginia Beach School Board
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce – Virginia Beach Division
  • Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association
  • Tidewater Builders Association
  • Virginia Beach Education Association – Political Action Committee of Educators
  • Virginia Beach Firefighters
  • Virginia Beach Hospitality PAC
  • Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill R. DeSteph, Jr
Virginia Beach City Council
January 2014-December 2014
Succeeded by
M. Ben Davenport