Former VB Councilman Uhrin withdraws from appointment process

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Former Councilman John Uhrin will not be appointed to his former seat after removing himself as a candidate.

“It is my understanding that he asked to no longer be considered,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer during a phone interview with 10 On Your Side on Saturday. 

Dyer confirmed Uhrin submitted a letter on Friday to the Virginia Beach City Clerk alerting them of his decision. The news was first reported by The Virginian-Pilot.

While Uhrin has not yet commented on why he made his decision, nobody spoke in support of his appointment at a public hearing Tuesday night. Several residents at the meeting spoke against Uhrin. 

This leaves the Virginia Beach City Council with a list of four potential appointees to fill the vacant Beach District seat. 

Those four people are:

  • Leah Malbon Davenport: Deputy Department Head/Supervisory Attorney, United States Navy
  • Megin Kennett: Client Solutions Executive, AT&T
  • Louisa Strayhorn: Chief Executive Officer, LSA Consulting, Inc.
  • Guy King Tower: retired attorney, mediator, educator and association executive

Public interviews of the finalists, as well as an appointment, will occur on April 23.

Uhrin held the Beach District seat for 12 years, before losing the seat to David Nygaard by less than 200 votes in November 2018. 

Uhrin contested the election, claiming Nygaard didn’t live in the Beach District when he decided to run, making him an ineligible candidate.

In March 2018, a panel of three judges voided the election and removed Nygaard from office. 

Nygaard has already said he won’t be running in the special election. 

“I felt vindicated and I felt grateful for the judge’s ruling,” said Uhrin, following the ruling. 

Whoever is chosen will hold the seat temporarily. The council voted last month to request a special election for Nov. 5, allowing for voters to decide who will fill out the remaining term in the Beach District.

This is one of two vacancies on the council. Shannon Kane resigned from the Rose Hall District seat after she announced she would be moving out of the district. 

Applications for those interested in filling the seat are due April 22, with a finalist list being revealed April 23. 

Public comment will be held on April 30, with interviews and an appointment being made on May 7.

We’ll continue to follow this story on WAVY.com 
 

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