Dyer tops two challengers to win first full term in Virginia Beach mayoral race; City Council incumbents return

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Bobby Dyer, though vastly outspent by one of two challengers, won reelection and his first full term as mayor of Virginia Beach… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Finding The Indy’s voter guide in print, next year’s publication dates

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — I have extra copies of our voter guide, which includes Q&As with candidates for City Council and School Board in Virginia Beach. I usually print extra of this voter guide, one of the most popular… Continue Reading


The 2020 Independent News Virginia Beach Election Guide

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Independent News asked candidates running for local, nonpartisan offices in Virginia Beach to answer written questions. Responses appear in the list of links below. Names appear in ballot order, and the respective ages listed… Continue Reading


2020 Virginia Beach Ballot Overview

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following information is based upon a sample ballot guide available from the Virginia Beach Department of Voter Registration & Elections. U.S. President & Vice President [Vote for one] • Joseph R. Biden, president, and… Continue Reading


2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Mayor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for Virginia Beach Mayor on the Tuesday, Nov. 3, ballot. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not edited, aside from obvious… Continue Reading


Elections: Sessoms to endorse Dyer’s reelection bid in Virginia Beach mayor’s race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms today will announce his endorsement of Mayor Bobby Dyer, who is seeking reelection and his first full term in the office, according to Dyer’s campaign. The endorsement is scheduled… 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


Updated: Wagner, Kowalewitch will challenge incumbent Dyer in Virginia Beach mayoral race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two people will challenge Mayor Bobby Dyer in this year’s mayoral election. Following City Councilmember Aaron Rouse’s recent announcement that he is ending his campaign for mayor, two candidates – businesspeople Jody Wagner and Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch… Continue Reading


Us: Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer

BY BOBBY DYER VIRGINIA BEACH — It is my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Virginia Beach, the largest city by population in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Much of the preparation to take on this awesome responsibility goes back… Continue Reading


How to help the people affected by the Virginia Beach mass shooting

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — An outpouring of support followed the mass shooting on Friday, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, and officials are trying to guide well-wishers toward ways of helping as authorities continue to investigate while supporting… Continue Reading