Virginia Beach, Virginia municipal elections, 2014

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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.[1]

Six of Virginia Beach's eleven council seats were up for election. These included two at-large seats and the Districts of Bayside, Beach, Lynnhaven and Princess Anne.

An incumbent ran for re-election in every race.

Light rail and personal property taxes were some of the key issues that shaped Virginia Beach's 2014 election cycle.

City Council

Candidate list

At-large

November 4 General election candidates:
Note: Two seats were up for election.

Bayside

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

Beach

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

Lynnhaven

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

Princess Anne

November 4 General election candidates:

Rose Hall

November 4 General election candidates:

Election results

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
Virginia Beach City Council, District of Bayside, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLouis R. Jones Incumbent 97.7% 68,256
Write-in 2.3% 1,586
Total Votes 69,842
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results
Virginia Beach City Council, District of Beach, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn E. Uhrin Incumbent 97.6% 69,462
Write-in 2.4% 1,738
Total Votes 71,200
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results
Virginia Beach City Council, District of Lynnhaven, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames L. Wood Incumbent 98% 69,560
Write-in 2% 1,396
Total Votes 70,956
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results
Virginia Beach City Council, District of Princess Anne, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara M. Henley Incumbent 76.1% 65,092
Pieri E. Burton 23.1% 19,741
Write-in 0.8% 717
Total Votes 85,550
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results
Virginia Beach City Council, District of Rose Hall, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShannon Kane Incumbent 48.1% 37,415
James D. Cabiness II 16.8% 13,034
Stephen A. Johnston 17.4% 13,559
Beatrice R. “Petey” Browder 17.3% 13,424
Write-in 0.5% 365
Total Votes 77,797
Source: Virginia Department of Elections - Official 2014 Election Results

Issues

A variety of different issues shaped Virginia Beach's three contested city council races in 2014. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they were and how they impacted Virginia Beach's 2014 municipal elections.

Light rail

Between 2000 and 2014, Virginia Beach voters and elected officials regularly discussed extending into Virginia Beach a light rail system called the Tide that was already operating in the neighboring city of Norfolk. While many argued that the system could offer the city new transportation and economic opportunities, some raised concerns over the project's potential costs - estimated in 2013 at 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] Afterwards, the city began exploring plans and options to fund the project, including the possibility of federal financial assistance.[2] 2014 city council candidates voiced different opinions on the Tide extension. Rose Hall incumbent Shannon Kane expressed support for the project, as did 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 also expressed reservations over the costs of light rail.[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, was 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 slightly 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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