Va. Beach council will appoint new council member by April 23

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — After a panel of judges declared a Virginia Beach councilman’s election void, City Council is moving quickly to fill the vacant seat. 

Tuesday, a court order was issued that officially removed David Nygaard from the Beach District seat. Two weeks ago a three-judge panel found Nygaard failed to meet residency requirements when he ran in the citywide election in November. 

Council decided to accept applications for those interested in filling the Beach District seat until April 8th. 

As part of the application process to fill the seat, an applicant must supply their address along with financial disclosures and a questionnaire, made up of 10 questions from councilors.

A list of finalists will be chosen by council April 9, followed by a public hearing on April 16, and the public interviews of the finalists, as well as a final nomination, will occur on April 23. 

That is where councilmembers John Moss, Jessica Abbott and Aaron Rouse have an issue.

They say interviewing candidates and making a decision on the same day diminishes the public’s role in the process, but Mayor Bobby Dyer said the way he sees it, the council owes it to the people of the Beach District to fill that seat quickly.

“This is obviously a very important topic for the council and the public, and I think it’s incumbent upon us to proceed in a way that is fair and equitable and transparent, that going forward would be in everyone’s best interest,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. 

The city council voted to request a special election to be held on November 5, allowing for voters to decide who will fill out the remaining term in the Beach District.

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