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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Mayor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for Virginia Beach Mayor on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious… Continue Reading

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Elections: Sessoms to endorse Dyer’s reelection bid in Virginia Beach mayor’s race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms today will announce his endorsement of Mayor Bobby Dyer, who is seeking reelection and his first full term in the office, according to Dyer’s campaign. The endorsement is scheduled… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Virginia Beach GOP backs candidates in nonpartisan local races; Wagner has fundraising edge in mayor’s race

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The Republican Party of Virginia Beach recently endorsed a number of candidates in nonpartisan local races on the general election ballot this year.  The endorsed candidates… Continue Reading

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Notebook: The right (official) contacts for voting; online nonsense about the Postal Service; some endorsements

Ed. — This initially appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 23 edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — In a recent edition, Notebook wrote about confusion caused when a nonprofit group called the Center for Voter Information sent mailers offering… Continue Reading

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Notebook: VB Dem recommendations in nonpartisan local races; Manning, three others form School Board ticket

Ed. — This appeared in print in the Sunday, Aug. 9, edition.  THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginia Beach Democratic Committee recently announced several candidates it is recommending in local Virginia Beach races that are on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov.… 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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Editorial: Virginia Beach City Council betrayed farmers and its own land use ideals — for tourism

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — False steps large and small by Virginia Beach’s government and people who advise it led to the City Council decision this past month to permit Wolfe… Continue Reading

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Updated: Wagner, Kowalewitch will challenge incumbent Dyer in Virginia Beach mayoral race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two people will challenge Mayor Bobby Dyer in this year’s mayoral election. Following City Councilmember Aaron Rouse’s recent announcement that he is ending his campaign for mayor, two candidates – businesspeople Jody Wagner and Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch… Continue Reading

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Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading

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Northam says Virginia Beach can open beaches for recreational use by Memorial Day weekend; Dyer vows ‘safe’ reopening

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia Beach, the resort city that has seen its tourism industry battered by shutdowns meant to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, can reopen public beaches for recreational use… Continue Reading