As I mentioned in answering a question in another thread, I've twice e-mailed the Voter Registrar to try to find out who has already filed for Virginia Beach City Council. With no reply, I just called down there and found out the big four have filed for Mayor, while five Council candidates have filed.
Meyera Oberndorf, Will Sessoms, Don Weeks, and John Moss.
Outlook: it's Meyera's race to lose. Weeks and Moss will cancel each other out. Sessoms can obviously draw money from some well-heeled interests, but can he translate that into votes?
Rosemary Wilson (At-Large), Bob Dyer (Centerville), Harry Diezel (Kempsville), Andrew Jackson (Kempsville), and Glen Davis (Rose Hall).
I think readers are familiar with the three incumbents.
Many will remember Glen Davis: he finished 3rd in the 2006 At-Large field. He's moved into Rose Hall District (from Princess Anne District) to challenge Reba McClanan. I first heard about this one through the grapevine late last Fall.
Andrew Jackson is a Navy veteran who has served as Precincts Chair for the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee. He has 20 years experience as a facilitator. Andrew is originally from Cleveland, where his single mother worked three jobs to put him through parochial school.
At a March 15 Virginia Beach African-American Community Leadership Forum meeting, I was the second speaker and Andrew the third. Jackson was impressed enough with me that (as a point of disclosure) he's asked me to work on his campaign. It's going to be uphill, but Rosemary Wilson has noted before how I like the little guy versus the big guy fights. Even if we lose, I'll try to have fun.