Unofficial Results of 2019 General Election Indicate No Changes to City Council

Two incumbents appointed last spring to fill vacancies on City Council appear to have won their respective seats.
Unofficial election results have Guy Tower, a retired attorney and mediator from Cavalier Shores, winning the Beach District seat and Michael Berlucchi, the Chrysler Museum’s community engagement manager and former president of Hampton Roads Pride, winning the Rose Hall District seat. Current at-large City Council Member Rosemary Wilson, who also ran to fill the Beach District seat, will retain her at-large position through the end of the term in 2020.  

On April 23, the City Council appointed Tower to fill the Beach District seat vacated by David Nygaard following a ruling from a three-judge panel that found he failed to meet residency requirements when he ran for the seat in 2018. On May 7, the Council appointed Berlucchi to fill the Rose Hall seat vacated by Shannon Kane when she moved to another district in April. ​

Other election results:

Long-time City employee Leigh Henderson, who has been the acting city treasurer since John Atkinson retired last December, won her race, as well.

Tina Sinnen will retain her position as Clerk of the Circuit Court. She ran unopposed.

Leslie Jones and Bill Flemming will fill the two Soil and Water Conservation Director seats for the Virginia Dare District.

Finally, Jessica Owens won the race to fill the Rose Hall District seat on the Virginia Beach School Board.

The State Board of elections is expected to certify the results on Nov. 18. Once that happens, the Virginia Beach Director of Elections & General Registrar will issue a Certificate of Election to each successful candidate which they can then take to the Clerk of the Court to complete their oath of office.

To view the detailed unofficial results, visit the Virginia Department of Elections.

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