Chamber Hosts Suffolk City Council Forum

Chamber Hosts Suffolk City Council Forum

As the leading voice of business, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing our members and the voters of our community with the information they need to know to make informed decisions in the local November 2 elections.

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a Suffolk City Council Forum on October 21 at 6pm at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Auditorium. Candidates met and answered questions compiled by the Chamber’s Suffolk Division board of directors. John Stone, long-time Chamber member and retired Governmental Affairs professional, moderated the forum. Approximately sixty people attended the meeting, and all eight candidates were present to clarify their stance on topics such as economic challenges, government spending, land use philosophies, and the need for a new City Hall.

Jennings “J.B.” Varney and incumbent Jeff Gardy are competing in the Holy Neck borough. Varney is a retired King’s Fork High School teacher, and the incumbent Gardy is an attorney who has specialized in housing and zoning matters. Incumbent Charles Parr, funeral home operator, and retired naval inspector and former member of the city’s Planning Commission, and Alvin Copeland are vying for the Suffolk borough. Caroline Martin, who is a retired health care executive and chair for the Suffolk Housing and Redevelopment Authority, is competing with car dealership owner and member of the city’s Economic Development Authority, Mike Duman, for an open seat in the Chuckatuck borough. Fifth term incumbent Charles Brown competes against first-time challenger William Newsome, a retired Norfolk school teacher, for the Cypress borough.

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