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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Just say no to politicking during Pungo Strawberry Festival; everybody runs for Congress in N.C.; basket of power

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Gather round, candidates for local offices that are on the ballot this year, and let Notebook tell you a tale of tempted fate and little red plastic hats with stickers on them. A few years ago, U.S.… Continue Reading

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Voting: A big, busy Election Day

Ed. — This story ran on Nov. 9 in print, and it was archived online on Dec. 29. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE AND JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — A day of strong turnout in Virginia Beach, when citizens ventured out on Election… Continue Reading

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Two candidates for City Council in Virginia Beach officially withdraw

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Candidates John E. Coker and Pieri Burton are no longer seeking a seat on the Virginia Beach City Council on Election Day. The candidates had made announcements of their withdrawals via social media or in… Continue Reading

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Brock remains in race for 21st House District Democratic nomination despite criticism about offensive social media posts, calls to drop out

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Democrat Tom Brock said he will continue to seek the Democratic nomination to represent the 21st Virginia House District despite calls for him to quit after offensive social media posts made in the past came… Continue Reading

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Creeds polling location moves to Oak Grove Baptist; boundary shift between Oceana, Red Wing precincts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The City Council voted this past month to move the Creeds polling location from the firehouse to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 691 Princess Anne Road, and approved a boundary shift between the Oceana and Red… Continue Reading

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Workers in Beach sought as general election approaches

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BLACKWATER — Turnout this past month in the small precinct in the rural southwestern area of the Beach was slight — just 24 votes cast, according to unofficial returns. That’s not a huge shock for a primary, but it… Continue Reading

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Republican primary first election for Beach’s new paper-ballot system

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Beach residents voting in either of the two state senate primaries on Tuesday will use new machines that digitally scan paper ballots. “You’re going to walk in, and it will be different,” said Donna Patterson, the general… Continue Reading