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Column: I ran for the Virginia General Assembly this year and lost, but it was worth it — and here’s what comes next

BY KIMBERLY ANNE TUCKER VIRGINIA BEACH — I decided to run for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 81st District this year because I wanted to help people.  I am a survivor of stage IV colon cancer, which means the cancer… Continue Reading

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Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading

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Democrat Fowler defeats incumbent Villanueva in the 21st House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Political newcomer Kelly Fowler — a Democrat inspired to seek office after participating in the Women’s March on Washington — defeated incumbent state Del. Ron Villanueva in the 21st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 7. “This… Continue Reading

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Voter guide: Overview of 2017 races for Virginia House of Delegates districts in southern Virginia Beach and constitutional offices

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, will choose executive branch officials for the commonwealth, local constitutional officers for Virginia Beach and members of the Virginia House of Delegates in local districts. The latter races include three… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 84th District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 84th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 81st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 81st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 21st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 21st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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More work ahead on digital markets for rentals in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam recommended further study of the scope of short-term rentals in Virginia Beach, a hot topic over the past year due to aspects such as “event home” rentals in Sandbridge… Continue Reading

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Editorial: After secrecy in light rail fight, greater transparency is needed in Virginia’s campaign finance law

POSITION: A bill to end an exemption for some nonprofits seeking to influence referenda could mean our public policy and spending choices will be made by better-informed citizens. It deserves support in Richmond. Every Virginian should know who is paying to influence… Continue Reading

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DeSteph bill would end exemption for nonprofit advocacy that kept voters in the dark during light rail referendum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-8th District, has introduced a bill to change language in Virginia law that can let some nonprofit groups shield the identities of financial backers and the extent of their spending to… Continue Reading