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Burns withdraws from Virginia Beach School Board at-large race, will not appear on ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Justin Burns, a Virginia Wesleyan University student who had been seeking an at-large seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, dropped out of the race in late August, and his name does not appear on… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Dem prez primary absentee voting; fines for late reports by VB pols; School Board candidate bows out

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Absentee voting for Virginia’s Tuesday, March 3, Democratic Party presidential primary is underway in Virginia Beach — and voting opportunities will expand in the coming month. More on that in a moment. First, a word about a… Continue Reading

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Stolle letter: Virginia Beach nonprofit group that endorsed pols on Election Day may have violated state election law

Ed. — This story first appeared in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A letter by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a group formed by a member of the School Board may have violated… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… 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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Sandbridge businesses help fund challenger in race to represent Princess Anne District on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – Big real estate names in this rental-driven residential resort are backing up opposition to City Councilmember Barbara Henley with campaign contributions to one of the incumbent’s challengers, campaign finance records show. Recent donations to the… Continue Reading

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Editorial: However we choose, the simple act of voting expresses citizenship

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Princess Anne Independent News does not endorse candidates for office, but, as ever, it urges citizens to engage in the great work of building better paths for our commonwealth and our local communities on Tuesday, Nov.… Continue Reading

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2016 Virginia Beach Elections: Candidates for Virginia Beach mayor respond to questions

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for mayor of Virginia Beach to answer questions about issues in the city and, specifically, the city’s southern communities. This appeared in print on Friday, Oct. 28. Responses to question have not been edited.… 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