Norfolk, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Norfolk, Virginia held elections for mayor and city council on May 6, 2014. Five of the city council's eight wards were up for election.[1]

Incumbent mayor Paul Fraim ran for and won re-election. He was first appointed mayor in 1994. Four of five possible council incumbents ran for and won re-election. Two incumbents, Andy A. Protogyrou and Theresa W. Whibley, ran unopposed. The open Ward 3 seat vacated by Alveta V. Green, a member of the majority voting bloc, was the focus of attention because the election could have threatened the council's 5-3 majority and caused 4-4 split votes..

Mayor

Candidate list

May 6 General election candidates:

Election results

Mayor of Norfolk, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Fraim Incumbent 71% 11,252
Michael Muhammad 16.1% 2,555
Jane Bethel 11.8% 1,869
Write-in 1% 161
Total Votes 15,837
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections

City council

The open Ward 3 seat was expected to play a crucial part in Mayor Paul Fraim's voting bloc. Although Tommy R. Smigiel, Jr. was typically the lone dissenter in City Council votes, he was occasionally joined in his vote by Andy A. Protogyrou and Angelia Williams, creating a 5-3 split. Speaking of the situation, former council member W. Randy Wright said, "You've got a loose-knit majority coalition that is in jeopardy with someone else being elected in Ward 3 that is not of the same ilk. It's a big seat." Fraim chose not to publicly endorse any Ward 3 candidate in the election. If Mamie B. Johnson, the winner of the Ward 3 race, chooses to vote against the Mayor, 4-4 split votes are a possibility.[2]

An example of a controversial 5-3 vote was the 2011 approval of a plan for an office building that ultimately failed. In the days following the vote, the development plan fell through when news broke that the building's main tenant, a nonprofit named the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project, was in financial trouble and would not be able to pay the rent. "There was such a disconnect at City Hall. How could we approve something to basically guarantee STOP's lease without talking to them?" said Protogyrou.[2][3]

Candidate list

Ward 1

May 6 General election candidates:

Ward 2

May 6 General election candidates:

Ward 3

Note: Incumbent Alveta V. Green did not run for re-election.

May 6 General election candidates:

Ward 4

May 6 General election candidates:

Ward 5

May 6 General election candidates:

Election results

Norfolk City Council, Ward 1, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy A. Protogyrou Incumbent 97.8% 1,210
Write-in 2.2% 27
Total Votes 1,237
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections
Norfolk City Council, Ward 2, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTheresa W. Whibley Incumbent 95.7% 3,617
Write-in 4.3% 164
Total Votes 3,781
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections
Norfolk City Council, Ward 3, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMamie B. Johnson 35.7% 1,074
Rodney A. Jordan 34.4% 1,035
Marcus J. Powell 10.9% 328
Lionell Spruill, Jr. 9.1% 275
William H. Collins, Jr. 4.8% 145
Glen L. Jones, Sr. 4.4% 131
Write-in 0.7% 21
Total Votes 3,009
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections
Norfolk City Council, Ward 4, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul R. Riddick Incumbent 59.6% 1,992
G.W. "Billy" Cook, Jr. 40.2% 1,344
Write-in 0.2% 7
Total Votes 3,343
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections
Norfolk City Council, Ward 5, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy R. Smigiel, Jr. Incumbent 81.8% 3,210
James T. Driggers 17.6% 690
Write-in 0.6% 22
Total Votes 3,922
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections

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