2012 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics

ICYMI: Oh, there are local elections, too?

My latest op-ed appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday. The column was the result of my search for a list of local candidates, because I know how difficult it’s going to be for them to be heard this fall. Surprising to me was my inability to locate a list – save for this article.

So I’ll be rolling out the list of candidates, along with links to their websites or Facebook pages, where I can find them. I put up Virginia Beach last night. If you see something missing, please let me know so that I can update the list.

Also, not mentioned in my column, there will at least one constitutional amendment on the ballot:

Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot will read: “Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to require that eminent domain powers only be exercised for public uses and not for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue or economic development; and amended to define what is to be included in determining just compensation for permissible takings and to prevent the taking of more private property than is necessary for the state public use?”

My column appears in The Virginian-Pilot on Wednesdays (unless something comes up, in which case it’s Thursdays). You can see the columns as they are published here, or navigate to them from the PilotOnline.com homepage by clicking on Opinion and then choosing my name at the bottom of the dropdown list. You can also see the columns by liking my Facebook page. Although my column appears weekly, I am not and have never been an employee of The Virginian-Pilot.

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9 thoughts on “ICYMI: Oh, there are local elections, too?

  1. Well the amendment was a frequent topic at a lot of the primary debates I attended for the General Assembly. Typically for two areas. One , which I don’t know much about, where ODU was taking land to expand saying they were a state school. The people mad were saying that it is not like public school where anyone who lives there can attend so they did not see it as a valid right for emanate domain . The other are areas like Hampton which took land and then turned it over to places like the Power plant (bass pro shop, lowes , target). In this example one of the areas they took they knew they were not going to use said it was for a road. However, the road was already designed to go somewhere else and the land was never used. Hampton also has given land to developers to build large houses on that the developers then turn around and sale at a much higher price. This has caused a lot of anger over the use of emanate domain and citizens have been quite vocal to their General Assembly members about it. Now it will be interesting to see if it passes the whole state. Just because it has caused a lot of concern here does not mean in will everywhere in Virginia.

    • Yes, the amendment has been discussed. I drive past the Commercial Radio site every time I head to ODU. But until the governor signed the bill last week, we didn’t know for sure that it would end up on the ballot. Let’s see how much notice the amendment gets now that it has formally been included.

  2. If James Brown was the hardest working man in music, surely you are the hardest working woman in politics! Thank you for trying to educate and continue to involve citizens in this civics conversation.

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