VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — The Virginia Beach Councilmember Bobby Dyer has been elected the newest mayor of Virginia Beach.

The Marine Corps veteran on Tuesday beat the Virginia Beach At-Large Councilman Ben Davenport.


Dyer has been a Councilman from Virginia Beach since July of 2004. His resume includes being an accomplished Civic and Higher Education Professional for over 25 years. Since July of 2015, he currently works as a physical therapist at a Virginia Beach business.

In a debate last week, both council members talked about several topics they'd address as mayor of Virginia's largest city. They saw eye-to-eye about flooding and sea level rise being big issues around town.

One other topic both candidates mentioned was the recent disparity study. Those results showed that out of $1.2 billion worth of city contracts since 2012, only 18 percent of those contracts went to women, minority, and disabled veteran business owners.

Virginia Beach voters chose from a pool of 22 candidates to fill the majority of city council spots Tuesday, including the mayoral seat. Some seats are too close to call at this point.

The winners of city council seats are as follows:

  • Virginia Beach City Council At-Large (2): Aaron R Rouse, and it's too close to call for a second council member.
  • Virginia Beach City Council Bayside District: Results too close to call.
  • Virginia Beach City Council Beach District: Results too close to call.
  • Virginia Beach City Council Centerville District: Sabrina D Wooten
  • Virginia Beach City Council Lynnhaven District: James L Jim Wood
  • Virginia Beach City Council Princess Anne District: Barbara M Henley

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