As Hampton Roads residents prepare for the general and special elections on May 1, the multitude of candidates can seem overwhelming. Here is a guide to who’s running and how to learn more about them.
By Sarah Danial for Capital News Service
Norfolk has 22 candidates vying for City Council and School Board. Candidates include City Council and School Board veteran members such as Mamie Johnson, Tanya Bhasin and Martin Thomas Jr.
“I am in it to win it for all children in Norfolk. I am committed to academic excellence, equity, and engagement,” Bhasin said on her Facebook page.
Hampton’s elections include familiar faces running for re-election such as Teresa Schmidt, Jason Samuels and James “Jimmy” Gray Jr. In total, eight candidates are vying for seats on the City Council, and four people are running for the School Board.
The local elections also include a new face running for the School Board — Kendrick Turner. Turner says he is dedicated to the safety of students and staff.
“If I am elected to Hampton School Board, we [are] going to have better school security. I am going to be your voice, I listen to you and you listen to me and we do it together,” Turner said on his Facebook page.
Not only will Newport News fill seats on its City Council and School Board, but the city also will elect a mayor.
Four mayoral candidates are competing for the May election: Dominique “Dom” Green, Marcellus Harris III, and McKinley Price. Price is hoping to be re-elected for his third term as mayor. He became the first African-American mayor of Newport News in 2010.
In addition, 12 candidates are vying for a seat on the City Council, and nine people are running for the School Board.
Chesapeake has 27 candidates for City Council and School Board positions.
Chesapeake also has two mayoral candidates for this year. Richard West is the current mayor after former mayor Alan Krasnoff resigned in November. Newcomer and local real estate agent Jo Anne Gallant hopes to be the change she says the city needs.
“I believe in the power of the people. After much encouragement from a variety of people, I decided to try and make a difference in my community,” Gallant said on her website.
Suffolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach do not have elections in May.
The deadline to register to vote or update a current registration is April 9, and the deadline to register for an absentee ballot is April 24. For more information about candidates and voting dates visit the Virginia Department of Elections’ website.