Former Kempsville City Councilman Don Weeks has thrown his hat into the campaign for election again this year for the same district.
Weeks joins a crowded field that includes William J. (Bill) Dale, Amelia N. Ross-Hammond, & former GOP city Chairman Chuck Smith. School board member Patrick S. Salyer, had planned to be a candidate, but he withdrew and reports are he plans to seek the 85th House District General Assembly seat held by veteran Del. Bob Tata.
The seat is currently held by Harry Diezel, who isn’t in good health and has said he won’t seek re-election.
During his previous re-election bid in 2000, Weeks was targeted for defeat by the city’s business establishment because of his independent streak of voting for the will of the people vs. the will of the council-favored developers.
Smith was an unsuccessful candidate for the 3rd District House of Rep. seat held by veteran Bobby Scott. He has the backing of the conservative coalition, a group credited with the election of former Councilman John Moss to fill unexpired term Rita B. Sweet who resigned in 2011 due to an out of state move.
The summer promises an active campaign season leading up to the November election of mayor, at-large seat, and candidates for the Kempsville, Centerville, and Rose Hall.
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