Norfolk endorsements

endorseNo, not mine! I try to stay out of the endorsement business 😉

The Virginian-Pilot released its endorsements Sunday and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Norfolk Division released theirs Tuesday.  With only a single candidate in Wards 1 and 2, neither endorsed in those contests.

Both chose the same candidate for mayor and Ward 5: incumbents Paul Fraim and Tommy Smigiel, respectively. They split on Ward 3, where there are six candidates in the race. The paper went with Marcus Powell (the endorsement in the printed paper made this much clearer than the online version), although they had nice things to say about Rodney Jordan and Mamie Johnson.  The Chamber chose Jordan.

In Ward 4, where I live, the Chamber’s Norfolk Board “voted to abstain from endorsement.” The Pilot endorsed challenger Billy Cook over incumbent Paul Riddick.

You can see the Chamber’s candidate questionnaires here (pdf).


Tomorrow night, the Fairmount Park Civic League is holding a candidates forum for the Ward 3 candidates. It will be at New Hope Christian Community Center beginning at 7pm. Also at the same time, a candidates forum for all candidates is being held at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. I’m told the Ward 3 candidates will try to come by or send surrogates and that several other candidates – Fraim, Smigiel, Riddick – have declined to attend.


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