Voting district or ballot question? The Virginia Beach registrar — and local parties — are happy to help

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Dave Belote, chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, is among the local elections and political party officials who encounter voters who sometimes do not know what state legislative district they live within. Belote said… Continue Reading


Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading


Democrat Coleman defeats Edlow in caucus voting, will face incumbent Davis in 84th Virginia House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – The Rev. Dr. Veronica Coleman, a Democrat and the founder of New Jerusalem Ministries in Virginia Beach, will challenge state Del. Glenn Davis, the Republican incumbent, in the 84th House District in November. Coleman… Continue Reading


Air Force letter: Belote campaign improperly used uniform picture, military status in campaign materials

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer, improperly used his uniform and military status while campaigning for the 8th state senate district, according to a letter a senior Air Force official wrote to the campaign. Conrad… Continue Reading


From the Editor: A word or two about our election coverage

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Here are two notes about aspects of the recent election coverage in The Independent News and our site. One deals with the way candidates present themselves and my decision to address one example of that shortly before… Continue Reading


Belote, DeSteph hope to follow McWaters in 8th state senate district

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE — Two candidates from Virginia Beach are running to claim the Eighth District seat now held by state Sen. Jeff McWaters, a Republican who is retiring.  Democrat Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer, and Republican Bill… Continue Reading


Belote campaign says it used uniform photo appropriately, but some uses may be inconsistent with regulation

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The photograph shows Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer running for a state senate seat here, standing before an American flag. He is in uniform in the picture, and he is saluting. This photograph,… Continue Reading