Virginian-Pilot editorial: Good choices for Election Day – Virginian
May 2, 2016 - Finding Carter
MUNICIPAL elections traditionally have bad turnout. In Norfolk dual years ago, fewer than 14 percent of a city’s purebred electorate went to a polls. Only 11 percent of Chesapeake’s electorate showed up.
Given a vicious issues entrance adult in Norfolk and Chesapeake, we wish electorate in those cities will throng a polls Tuesday. Here are a recommendations.
For a initial time in 22 years, Norfolk will get a new mayor. Paul Fraim, who is stepping down, led a city’s renaissance, investing in downtown, sprucing adult Wards Corner and, many recently, touting a new Neon humanities district.
But now, Norfolk’s leaders contingency concentration on a hazard of sea turn rise, as good as travel problems that cranky city boundaries. They contingency safeguard that beleaguered schools acquire accreditation. They have to make Norfolk appealing to families.
State Sen. Kenneth C. Alexander is best matched to lead a city and a City Council. He’s been a county joining president, clamp chair of a city Planning Commission, member of a House of Delegates and Virginia Senate. He knows how to change a needs of neighborhoods and wards. He’ll have support in Richmond as good as Washington, D.C., vicious to anticipating financial assistance for travel projects and mercantile development.
With Alexander as mayor, Norfolk will be in a best position to flower and assistance allege Hampton Roads.
Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves is a best choice for superward 7’s chair on a City Council. First inaugurated in 2010, Graves has demonstrated a majority and supposing common clarity and an eccentric voice. She should be returned to a council.
For a Norfolk City Council superward 6 seat, Barclay Winn deserves reelection. He represents smoothness and story on a City Council that is losing a lot with Fraim’s departure.
For a initial time in 60 years, electorate will confirm who fills dual seats on a School Board. Voters in 2014 pronounced they wanted a School Board to be directly accountable to residents, so dual seats are on a list Tuesday.
In superward 7, School Board Chairman Rodney Jordan is using unopposed. For superward 6, we suggest businessman Carter Smith.
Smith has been a outspoken disciple for clarity on a School Board that sorely needs it. The division, once a honour of a nation’s civic propagandize systems, has suffered from instability during a tip and bad formula in a classroom. Smith appears to have a skills to assistance repair things.
Chesapeake’s leaders face opposite issues.
Roads need widening before some-more homes are built. Dominion Boulevard will be finished this year, and a City Council contingency confirm what kind of expansion goes there and how much. In addition, a city competence one day wish to captivate a vital expansion to 3,000 acres during a North Carolina border, though doing so will need outrageous investment in infrastructure. Schools have an glorious reputation, though in some sections of a city, they’re some-more than 20 percent above capacity. The multiplication needs to start a rezoning process.
Popular Mayor Alan Krasnoff, who has served on a legislature given 1990, is using unopposed for his third term. He deserves reelection.
For a 3 open City Council seats, Debbie Ritter and Rick West have warranted another term. Ritter, who has served 16 years on a council, is a strongest check on prevalent development. West, seeking his third term, has been a unsentimental voice who can work with those who remonstrate with him.
Gene Waters, who served on a City Council from 1998 to 2002, should be returned to office. Waters helped lead a successful petition in 1997 to put managed expansion to Chesapeake voters. He wants some-more courtesy paid to providing services for people who already live in Chesapeake rather than catering to people who competence pierce there.
For School Board, we suggest returning 4 incumbents who have helped keep Chesapeake’s schools high quality: Tom Mercer, a School Board member given 1996; Sam Boone Jr. and Victoria Proffitt, both seeking second terms; and Jeff Bunn, who has served for 10 years.