Davis Opts to Hold Majority, Other Candidates Launch Campaigns for VB Mayor
In an email blast sent out Tuesday morning to his supporters, Delegate Glenn Davis stated his intent to remain in the Virginia House of Delegates where Republicans hold a one seat majority.
The decision by Delegate Davis is a noble one, made by a man who genuinely is in politics to do something, not be someone. In his statement Delegate Davis highlighted his wish to continue advancing tax reform in Virginia and his steadfast loyalty to his colleagues in the House of Delegates in keeping the one seat majority.
With Glenn Davis not running for Mayor let’s take a look at those candidates that have already expressed interest in the position.
Councilman Bobby Dyer
Councilman Bobby Dyer has served in the Centerville District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council since 2004. Dyer served his country in the United States Marine Corps, has had a successful career in the physical therapy field, and served as a professor at Regent University teaching public administration.
Bobby Dyer is known to be a fair minded man who is very likeable and approachable. You can often find him out and about in the community supporting small business like those at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market. He has been a vocal critic of the recent attempt to expand light rail into Virginia Beach from Norfolk, and has called for a moratorium panel to investigate public-private partnerships in the city.
Due to the charter of Virginia Beach, Councilman Dyer must resign his seat effective December 31, 2018, in order to run for Mayor. If he loses, he will not hold a seat on the council. This could inevitably lead to even more potential shake up on the council.
Former Councilman Linwood Branch
Linwood Branch served on the council from 1992 to 2002 where he represented the Beach District seat. Branch, a graduate of Randolph-Macon College, operates the Days Inn at the Oceanfront, and has deep ties to the business community in Hampton Roads through the Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority.
Fundraising will be a strength of Branch’s, as well as his knowledge of economic development issues. Linwood Branch is known to be a great negotiator and leader. His ability to pursue significant economic opportunities stands out as a candidate for Mayor. Branch will have a strong coalition of business leaders pushing his candidacy.
Other Potential Candidates
Councilman Ben Davenport
Councilman Ben Davenport is finishing up his first term on the council and he has already kicked off his reelection bid for one of the two At-Large Council seats. Davenport is reportedly making calls to shore up support before contemplating the jump to the race for mayor. Promoting new data centers is a key issue for Davenport.
He was the top vote receiver in his last At-Large race edging out John Moss who earned a council seat in second place, and edging out former Councilman Brad Martin who is a candidate this year for the Bayside District. Davenport is involved with the Virginia Gentlemen and has deep family roots in Virginia Beach.
R. K Kowalewitch
RK Kowalewitch is well known is Virginia Beach. He recently ran unsuccessfully for Mayor and is currently a candidate for the Beach District seat. RK is a strong fiscal conservative and was a vocal critic of light rail, as well as many other public-private partnerships. RK has a dedicated group of followers and he is not afraid to shake things up on the political scene.
The race for Mayor of Virginia Beach is just days old after the resignation announcement by Mayor Will Sessoms. We can expect many more to throw their hats into the ring in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to see how the coalitions form and the topics prioritized by the media, citizens, and candidates. This fall will be full of non-stop excitement for local Virginia Beach politics.