About the Race
The election for Kempsville’s seat on the Virginia Beach City Council takes place on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the US presidential election. Former priest, Bill Dale, is running against incumbent one-term Jessica Abbott and sales representative Mike Anderson. This race is nonpartisan.
Bill Dale, a Virginia Beach financial advisor, and former Catholic priest is running for City Council for the second time after losing the race for Kempsville’s City Council seat in 2012. He also ran for the 85th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 as a Democrat but lost to former 2nd District Congressional Representative Scott Taylor.
Dale will work to ensure free and fair elections in Virginia Beach. He uses social media to stress the importance of voting rights and instructing Virginia Beach residents on voting from home. His commitment to voting rights is consistent with statements he made when he ran for the House of Delegates.
Dale is concerned about the impact that COVID-19 will have on Virginia Beach’s community and economy in the long-term. Virginia Beach has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth, and its economy is highly reliant on tourism, which decreased substantially during the pandemic. He believes the city will need “leadership that is competent, experienced, empathetic, and balanced” to respond adequately to the crisis.
During his run for the House of Delegates, Dale expressed support for expanding transportation options and improving education. The Virginia Beach Democratic Committee has endorsed Dale.
Dale’s opponent, Councilwoman Jessica Abbott, will improve education in Virginia Beach by investing in teacher compensation and modernizing schools. She is focused on supporting small businesses by eliminating “red tape” that makes it difficult for them to operate. Abbott has expressed support for police without making any statements about racial justice or reform. She also wants to expand high-wage jobs in the city. Abbott has no plan to address issues of affordable housing or gentrification.
Mike Anderson, Dale’s other opponent, is an architectural and commercial sales representative for Riverside Brick and Supply Co. in Virginia Beach. He has served on many community boards, including the Redevelopment Committee with the Historic Kempsville Citizen Advisory Committee. Anderson will work to ensure that all residents are included in the decision making process through alerting neighborhoods and other relevant community organizations before projects begin. Anderson wants to include educators in policy decisions pertaining to education and work to see that they are properly paid and respect for their expertise. However, Anderson will also increase police patrols and traffic stops, as he believes that will increase public safety. Due to Anderson’s positions on police and public safety, we cannot trust him to make progressive decisions on city policy.
Bill Dale is the progressive choice for this race.