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Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber releases candidate endorsements

Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber releases candidate endorsements
Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber releases candidate endorsements
Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber releases candidate endorsements

On Tuesday, November 6th, Virginians will take to the polls. The Hampton Roads Chamber works to be an impactful advocate for the region. We provide the access to candidates and lawmakers to help business men and women make sound choices at the polls.

The citizens of Virginia Beach have the opportunity to vote and select their Mayor and City Council members. These important elected officials manage our municipal operations that ultimately impact the business community and will lead Hampton Roads into the future.

In August, The Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber conducted in – depth analysis of the candidates for Mayor and City Council. This included questionnaires, forums and interviews with all candidates on the issues specifically impacting the region’s economy, quality of life, education, and workforce development. 

The Executive Committee held a special meeting to review all available data and recommend a slate of candidates to the full Virginia Beach Board.  The Virginia Beach Division Board returned their individual votes on September 7th.  The Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber did not endorse a candidate in the Bayside District because neither candidate reached the required 70% threshold for endorsement.

After this extensive candidate evaluation process, the Virginia Beach Division has endorsed the following candidates for Mayor and City Council and respectfully urge the membership of the Hampton Roads Chamber to vote for them on Tuesday, November 6th. Voting for all levels of government is important for our participatory democracy.

Ben Davenport

  • Supports public-private partnerships to create economic development
  • Has a strong new vision for technology being the fourth component of the region’s economy leveraging the Trans-Atlantic fiber cables
  • As a business person Ben is committed to regionalism and regional cooperation.

Barbara Henley, Princess Anne District

  • Provides stable leadership with broad policy experience
  • Barbara is always the most prepared in meetings
  • Mrs. Henley is developing important partnerships with leadership in North Carolina as issues develop with the Albemarle watershed.

Dee Oliver, At-Large

  • As a small business owner; Dee believes that being pro-business is essential to leading Virginia Beach into future.
  • Mrs. Oliver’s overarching goal for running for Council is the retention of our young professionals.

Aaron Rouse, At-Large

  • Aaron Rouse is passionate about Virginia Beach and the potential the future holds.
  • Aaron’s experience will allow him to speak directly to millennials and share a region vision of cooperation and prosperity.

John Uhrin, Beach District

  • John Uhrin is true to the ideals of creating an environment that is good for business success.
  • John fully understands tourism and has served as a dedicated elected representative for the beach district for a number of years.


Jim Wood, Lynnhaven District

  • With several big projects underway in Virginia Beach including the Dome Site, Sports Center, the Pier Project and Town Center expansion, it is critical to have Jim Wood’s construction and development experience on City Council.

Sabrina Wooten, Centerville District

  • Sabrina Wooten has a strong educational background and she has a unique skills set.
  • Sabrina is a LEAD Hampton Roads graduate who supports regionalism and has served in a number of key volunteer roles in Virginia Beach in support of business and the public schools.



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