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Brent McKenzie

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Brent Mckenzie
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 84
PartyDemocratic
Education
High schoolGreen Run High School
Bachelor'sOld Dominion University
Personal
ProfessionTeacher
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Campaign website
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Brent McKenzie was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 84 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Biography

McKenzie has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Old Dominion University. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Program for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Beach Leadership Institute. He has worked as a teacher at Norview High School and a legislative assistant to Delegate Robert Mathieson (D) and Senator Dave Marsden (D). He served on the Virginia Beach School Board from 2008 to 2012, and he was appointed to the Governor's State Advisory Board for Juvenile Justice.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

McKenzie’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Brent will introduce legislation that will increase teacher and employee salaries, reduce bureaucracy and the number of SOL’s, and invest in a 21st Century education for all our students."
  • Creating jobs and diversifying our economy
Excerpt: "Brent will introduce legislation that will streamline state programs that assist small businesses and keep taxes low. He will work to bring new opportunities to Virginia Beach through investing in new energy sources, rebuilding our infrastructure, and providing tax credits for small businesses that hire new employees."
  • Honoring the service of active duty and veterans
Excerpt: "Brent will introduce legislation that will offer tax credits for businesses that hire veterans; ease school enrollment and sports participation for dependents; Protect in-state college tuition for active duty, veterans, and dependents."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Brent will introduce legislation that will require an annual audit of VDOT; put all transportation funds into a lock box so that it can’t be raided for other items; fund projects that benefit Virginia Beach, utilize smart growth planning; and reform the Public-Private Partnership Act to protect the tax payer."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

McKenzie ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 84. McKenzie ran unopposed in the June 11th Democratic Primary. He was defeated by Glenn Davis (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 84 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Davis 57.3% 10,101
     Democratic Brent McKenzie 42.4% 7,476
     Other Write-in 0.2% 38
Total Votes 17,615

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

A Virginia Beach-area seat left open by the departure of Salvatore Iaquinto (R), this district gave Governor Bob McDonnell (R) 64 percent of the vote in 2009 but President Barack Obama (D) fought presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) to a near draw in this district in 2012. Glenn Davis (R) was elected to the Virginia Beach City Council in 2008, and McKenzie served on the Virginia Beach School Board from 2008 to 2012. The district's Republican leanings suggested that this seat would not change parties, but if the Democrats find themselves having a very good election night, this seat may be contestable.[5][6]

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, McKenzie’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

McKenzie lives in Virginia Beach, VA.[2]

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