VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — Virginia Beach voters chose from a pool of 22 candidates to fill the majority of city council spots Tuesday.
Two council members, Ben Davenport and Bobby Dyer, chose to run for mayor, leading to a larger number of city council spots being up for grabs in this midterm election. Normally, voters would select six council members in this election, on Tuesday they voted for eight.
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
“We’re almost turning over the whole board,” voter Erin Campbell said. “There’s a huge number of people to vote for.”
Campbell said she looked up all the candidates and made a list of who to vote for to help her keep track at the polls. She said she watched how this election will impact development and flooding concerns throughout Virginia Beach.
Voters like Carol Bell said they also had to do research before selecting city council candidates.
“I did my homework because I didn’t want to come in and look at the ballot and feel like I’ve never heard of that person before,” Bell said. “I wanted to be informed.”
Bell said it was encouraging to see more people voting in a midterm election.
“If I don’t vote I can’t complain,” she said.
Longtime Virginia Beach resident and voter Donald Robinson said he only wants one thing after 8 council candidates are elected.
“That they do what they promise to do,” Robinson said. “It’s about serving the people.”
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