City Council Vacancy

Lynnhaven District Seat 

Four Applicants Selected to Advance in Process, Public Invited to Comment (Updated Sept. 28, 2021) 

Following public interviews of each candidate on Sept. 28, the City Council has selected the following individuals to advance in the process to fill the Lynnhaven District seat. They are:

The public is invited to provide comments during the 6 p.m. formal session of the City Council meeting on Oct. 5.  Following public comment, the City Council will recess to closed session for deliberations and then return to open session to take a formal vote to appoint one of the applicants to fill the Lynnhaven District position. The chosen individual will take their seat at the dais starting with the Oct. 12 City Council meeting. 

Six Applicants Shortlisted for Lynnhaven District City Council Vacancy (Updated Sept. 22, 2021)

The Virginia Beach City Council reviewed a total of 14 complete applications submitted for the Lynnhaven District City Council vacancy created when James L. Wood resigned (effective Sept. 1). The City Council, which is authorized under State code to fill the vacancy until a special election is scheduled, has narrowed the field to six individuals who will move forward for interviews. They are (click each name to review their application documents):

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the City Council will hold a Special Session for public interviews in the City Council Chamber at the Municipal Center, 2401 Courthouse Drive, Bldg. 1. Candidates will be called in alphabetical order and given 10 minutes to make a presentation followed by questions from Council Members. The City Council will convene into closed session for additional discussion and may further narrow the field of candidates.

Citizens will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the City Council during the meeting on Tuesday, October 5. Following public comment, the City Council will proceed to closed session for deliberation and then return to open session to make a formal vote on an appointment to fill the Lynnhaven District vacancy.

City Council Seeks Applicants for Vacant Lynnhaven District Seat (Updated Aug. 27, 2021) 

The Virginia Beach City Council is seeking applications from registered voters in the Lynnhaven District who are interested in filling the vacancy created with the resignation of its district representative, James L. Wood. State code authorizes the City Council to fill the vacancy until a special election is scheduled, which is anticipated to be November, 2022. Completed applications should be submitted to City Clerk Amanda Barnes no later than noon on September 17, 2021. 

The application package must include the following:

    1. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
    2. Statement of Economic Interests (form available under Related Information on this page)
    3. Letter of Interest -- Please include in this letter the following information:
      • Why you want to serve on City Council
      • Your understanding of City Council's top 3 priorities
      • Your understanding of and position on the Agriculture Reserve Program (ARP)
      • Your understanding of and position on resort policies including the Tourism Investment Program (TIP) and Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP)
      • How the issue of affordable housing may be addressed
      • Your ability to work as a member of a team of Council Members with a diversity of opinions and experience
      • Your understanding of and position on the Flood Mitigation Bond Referendum
      • Your plans to run in November for the seat to which you are asking to be appointed 
      • What are your perspectives on mental health and substance use issues in comparison to other healthcare epidemics? What do you perceive as the primary issues related to mental health in Virginia Beach and how would you prioritize mental health issues in the engagement of your duties as a council member and public servant?
Submit all documents in one mailing or electronic transmittal to:
Amanda Barnes, MMC, City Clerk
2401 Courthouse Drive, Suite 281
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
The City Council expects to review applications in closed session on Sept. 21 to identify candidates who will be invited to interview.  The public interviews are planned for Sept. 28. 

View a map of the City's election districts here.