Franklin defeats Edwards, former VB School Board chair, in Kempsville District race; other incumbents return

Ed. — From the Nov. 15, 2020, print edition. Archived on Dec. 7. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — School Board elections favored incumbents on Tuesday, Nov. 3, but challenger Jennifer Franklin, running for the first time, defeated incumbent Dan… Continue Reading


2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Rose Hall

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this… Continue Reading


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


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


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 This is an archived version of the initial… Continue Reading


Political Notebook: Northam unmasked; new VB candidates; Mattis cites wrong Federalist paper; rubricated for emphasis

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — So Notebook penned a column a couple weeks ago urging folks to please be cool at the beach and follow the rules, etc., because it would be awfully bad if Gov. Ralph Northam pulled the… Continue Reading