Last night was the filing deadline for Virginia Beach City Council and we had - once again - a number of last minute filings. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/beach-elections-filings-guarantee-most-council-and-board-seats-will-be-grabs
Mayor: Meyera Oberndorf, Will Sessoms, Scott Taylor, John Moss
Meyera has the name recognition, while Sessoms has a pile of cash.
Does Scott Taylor blossom? Can he raise enough money and/or meet enough people that voters know who he is in November? Does Taylor become the choice for suburbanites tired of Oberndorf and Sessoms, but wary of John Moss' extremist supporters?
Virginia Beach Taxpayers Alliance (VBTA) Chairman John Moss should be the Ron Paul of this campaign: a group of hardcore supporters, but polling in single digits.
The wild card here is the African-American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) endorsement. As a plethora of African-American voters should be coming to the polls for Obama (plus Allen and Jackson), how do they vote for Mayor?
At-Large: Rosemary Wilson, Georgia Allen, Leona "Lee" Shuler, Keith Strausbaugh, and Lawrence Teator
Rosemary Wilson is the clear favorite, but Georgia Allen's challenge should make this contest the most fun to watch.
At the Republican 2nd District Convention, I was told Leona "Lee" Shuler was being recruited in by the VBTA.
We also have Keith Strausbaugh and Lawrence Teator, neither of who will probably break out of single digits.
Rose Hall: Glenn Davis and Reba McClanan
This is Glenn Davis' race to lose. Besides the VBTA and Bill Bailey, who wants to continue Reba's automatic "No" vote?
Kempsville: Harry Diezel, Andrew Jackson, and Joe Flores
Flores' filing is the "WTF?!?" on the ballot. The African-American leaders who have been working with Flores on Lake Edward issues have been behind Jackson for a few months now.
If both Jackson and Flores are on the ballot in November, they split and Diezel wins. If one of them withdraws, Jackson (or Flores) can potentially win in a one-on-one.
Centerville: Bob Dyer
Dyer runs unopposed as the ballot petitions that were being circulated for Don Weeks were never filed. (There's an interesting story there, but I've been asked to play it cool.)