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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Director

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for two seats as Virginia Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Directors in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series… Continue Reading

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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

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Jones, Cossu elected to Virginia Dare soil and water conservation board positions

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE AND AMY POULTER Leslie Jones and Daniela Cossu won spots as directors for the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District. Jones had nearly 40,000 votes, and Cossu had nearly 30,000 as they each sought one of… Continue Reading

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Elections: Candidate for conservation board supports family farms, suburban backyard hens

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach resident Leslie Jones is one of two candidates running for two open seats on the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation Board during the election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.  The board helps manage… Continue Reading

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Elections: Soil and water district candidate hopes to bring service, experience to board

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE — This year, the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is electing two nonpartisan board members, and one of the two candidates is Daniela Cossu, a Virginia Beach resident for more than 28 years. Cossu… Continue Reading