The election for Virginia Beach City Council District 4 takes place on November 8, 2022. Prior to the 2022 election, Virginia Beach City Council had seven residential district seats and four at-large seats. This is the first city council election with ten residential districts. Amelia Ross-Hammond (I) is running unopposed.Incumbent Amelia Ross-Hammond is a former Kempsville member of the Virginia Beach City Council, elected to the council in 2012. Her education includes a Ph.D. in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. Founder & Chairman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center, Ross-Hammond also chairs the Mayor’s Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Accessibility and is an Appointee to the Hampton Roads Transit Commission. Her priorities are school funding, revitalizing public transportation, improving affordable housing options, and public safety.
Ross-Hammond will use her platform to prioritize public transportation. She believes work should be done to revitalize regional transportation and make public transit more rider-centered and accessible. She aims to make the transportation system stronger and more diverse in its options for the Virginia Beach citizens who depend upon it. A light-rail supporter, Dr. Ross-Hammond insists work must be done to improve the public transit system and make it more “rider-centric.”
Public safety is another topic of concern for Democrat Ross-Hammond, who wants to expedite the recruitment, training and maintaining high quality public safety officers to make our streets safe. As the Founder and Chairman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center and Mayor’s Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Program, Ross-Hammond is running to support racial justice and serves as an Inaugural Chair of the Mayor’s IDEA Commission to restore and grow trust and faith in local government and police in Virginia Beach.
On the subject of economic growth, this candidate endeavors to train our workforce for high-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing, STEM, and green energy. Dr. Ross-Hammond supports trade and vocational opportunities. She would also support workforce development to work with the offshore wind industry. Offshore wind issues are anticipated to make a significant economic impact in Virginia Beach in the coming years and the demand for these occupations could contribute in economic growth.
Dr. Ross-Hammond highlights the need to focus on housing in her campaign. She commits to improve access to quality, affordable housing options. Ross-Hammond previously worked alongside the Housing Department to gather support for the development of the Homeless Shelter Crescent Square on Diamond Street Road. She also promises to increase services for senior citizens, veterans, and military families of Virginia Beach like the Senior Center Complex she worked to build with Councilman Jones to service the needs of the community.
Running unopposed in District 4, Amelia Ross-Hammond is the most a progressive choice for this year’s election due to her commitment to improve affordable housing, promote economic growth through workforce training, increase public safety and prioritize public transportation.