Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia will hold elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014. The filing deadline for seats where an incumbent did not file to run for re-election was August 15, 2014. Six council seats are up for election.[1]

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At-large

November 4 General election candidates:
Note: Two seats are up for election. The top two candidates are the winners.

Bayside

November 4 General election candidates:
  • Louis R. Jones - Incumbent Jones was first elected to city council in 1982.

Beach

November 4 General election candidates:
  • John E. Uhrin - Incumbent Uhrin was first elected to city council in 2006.

Lynnhaven

November 4 General election candidates:
  • James L. Wood - Incumbent Wood was first elected to city council in 2002.

Princess Anne

November 4 General election candidates:

Rose Hall

November 4 General election candidates:

Issues

A variety of different issues are shaping Virginia Beach's three contested city council races in 2014. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they are and breaks them down.

Light rail

For the past decade, Virginia Beach's voters and elected officials have discussed extending a light rail system called the Tide that currently operates in the neighboring city of Norfolk into Virginia Beach. While the system could offer the city new transportation and economic opportunities, some have raised concerns over the project's potential costs - estimated in 2013 to around $1 billion upfront. [2] In June 2012, the issue came up on the ballot in the form of a referendum that asked Virginia Beach voters: “Should the City Council adopt an ordinance approving the use of all reasonable efforts to support the financing and development of The Tide light rail into Virginia Beach?” %62 of voters responded affirmatively.[3] Since then, the city has been exploring plans and how to fund the project, including the possibility of federal financial assistance.[2] 2014 city council candidates have voiced different opinions on the Tide extension. Rose Hall incumbent Shannon Kane has expressed support for the project, as have candidates Stephen A. Johnston and James D. Cabiness II. Beatrice Browder, however, doubted that the city could afford the project.[4] At-large incumbent John D. Moss has also expressed reservations about light rail over costs.[5]

Personal property taxes

Earlier in 2014, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to raise personal property taxes in the city. John Moss, who voted against the increase, has been highly critical of it on the campaign trail, saying that it showed "a lack of discipline" on the part of city council. Another at-large incumbent, Brad D. Martin, who voted in favor of the increase, took a slight different tone, saying that while he generally does not support tax increases he felt that this one was necessary. At-large challenger, M. Ben Davenport, on the other hand, supported the increase.[4]

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