Tuesday’s town and city elections across Virginia showcased some big wins by REALTOR® members who were running for local elected office.
The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association had two members who successfully ran for re-election. In Norfolk, REALTOR® Angelia Williams Graves won a second full-term on the city council for the Super Ward 7 district by earning more than 58% of the vote in a four-way race. In Chesapeake, REALTOR® Dr. Rick West secured a third four-year term in office by earning enough votes to clinch one of the three at-large seats on the city council.
In Southwest Virginia, Michelle Dykstra, a member of the Roanoke Valley Association of REALTORS®, pulled off a significant victory, finishing second out of six candidates to secure one of three spots up for grabs on the Roanoke City Council. With the help of her fellow REALTORS®, Michelle was able to overcome long-odds for the win in her first run for public office.
Local REALTOR® associations take the lead in interviewing, endorsing and supporting candidates for county and municipal office. The Virginia Association of REALTORS® provides campaign resources to assist with these efforts. Campaign Service Program options include member and public communications, volunteer voter-contact efforts, paid media services, and campaign strategy development.
While we try to highlight as many REALTOR® candidate success stories as we can, with more than 31,000 members across Virginia, sometimes it is difficult keep up with everyone. If you know of a REALTOR® who serves as a local elected official or interested in learning more about the REALTOR® Campaign Services Program, email Anthony Reedy, VAR’s Director of Grassroots.