It seems Virginia Beach is stuck in neutral. Have you ever noticed that City Council elections seem to revolve around the same issues year after year? I have. Let’s put the city in gear this year!
As a candidate to represent you, I’ve debated my opponent, who first joined City Council 40 years ago; I have interviewed with organizations like the Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Beach Education Association, and the Hampton Roads Realtors Association. I also did a podcast with the Virginia Beach Police Benevolent Association.
We covered a lot of ground in these discussions, but the conversations always involved issues these organizations have been asking candidates about for years and, in many cases, decades. Every four years, promises are made to address the issues raised in forums and candidate interviews and, four years later, the problems still exist or have gotten worse.
I have to ask, “When is patience going to run out?”
For a lot of people, that answer is “November 6th.”
- Citizens are asking when the city will make progress on the flooding that happens now multiple times a month from simple summer thunderstorms.
- Business people still find the city hard to work with in starting or expanding their businesses and haven’t seen much done to help them.
- Teachers have been hoping for years to have a Princess Anne District voice of support for them, but election after election there is both silence and an expectation of their support.
- Our police have asked for help to solve the public safety compensation problem that makes recruitment and retention so difficult. We train some of the best police and fire professionals in the nation and lose them to other cities because of failed leadership.
Do we want Virginia Bach to continue to be stuck in neutral and get four more years of delays, excuses, promises and disappointments? Wouldn’t it be great to move Virginia Beach forward and actually solve these problems?
I serve on the Planning Commission of Virginia Beach. I volunteer on VB2040 and the Transition Area Interfacility Traffic Area Citizens Advisory Committee. On Day One, I WILL be ready to help solve these problems and move us forward.
If the problems from the last few elections have only gotten worse, that’s a call for new and effective leadership.
Join me, let’s put our foot on the gas and get this city in gear this year!