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Burns withdraws from Virginia Beach School Board at-large race, will not appear on ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Justin Burns, a Virginia Wesleyan University student who had been seeking an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, dropped out of the race in late August, and his name does not appear on… Continue Reading

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Ignoring farmers, City Council approves event venue on land zoned for agriculture in rural city

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — Moments after a stunning reversal by the Planning Commission, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, voted to approve a conditional use permit so an event business can operate on land zoned for agriculture in… Continue Reading

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VB City Council and School Board elections are nonpartisan, but party committees back candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On a Saturday this past month, one of two candidates to become the chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach met with supporters at Mom’s Kitchen, a restaurant in a strip mall on… Continue Reading

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Notebook: VB GOP vote for new chair needs do-over; Franklin on ballot for Kempsville SB; Owen bows out of at-large council race

Ed. — This originally appeared in the Sunday, July 19, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Hot mess ahead. The Republican Party of Virginia Beach on Monday, July 13, held a vote during its mass meeting to name a successor… Continue Reading

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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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Taylor tops among three in GOP primary, rematch set with Luria

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican and business consultant who served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and was voted out of office two years ago, will now get a rematch with… Continue Reading

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Gade wins primary; Virginia Beach GOP will pick new chairperson

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “Winning is awesome, right?” professor of public administration and policy and Army combat veteran Daniel Gade asked supporters on Tuesday, June 23, after an overwhelming victory to be the Republican Party nominee to face incumbent U.S. Sen.… Continue Reading

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Turpin, former state delegate, to drop out of race for Rose Hall seat on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Cheryl Turpin, a Democrat and a former member of the House of Delegates, is no longer running for a City Council seat in Virginia Beach. As first reported by The Independent News, Turpin put in… Continue Reading

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Turpin, former state delegate, seeks Rose Hall seat on Virginia Beach City Council, joining two others in challenging Berlucchi

Ed. — Cheryl Turpin has announced her decision to leave the race since this story first appeared in print on Sunday, June 21. This story has been archived. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former state Del. Cheryl Turpin, a Virginia Beach… Continue Reading

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The local candidates in Virginia Beach races; Burns stays on ballot after petition review

Ed. — Cheryl Turpin has announced that she will not run for City Council in the Rose Hall District since this originally appeared in print in the Sunday, June 21, print edition. This is an archived version of the initial… Continue Reading