Voters decide on 3 members of Portsmouth City Council

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Navy veteran with no experience in elective office was the leading vote-getter in the Portsmouth City Council race on Tuesday.

The top three finishers were elected by voters: Shannon Glover, Paul J. Battle and William “Bill” Moody, Jr.

Glover led eight candidates on the ballot with more than 17,000 votes.

Glover owns an HR consulting firm, and says he will bring his business expertise to the council in a way that will lead to economic development.

“I speak with businesses every day. I know what to listen for,” Glover said.

Battle, who has experience in several city departments including the police department and the sheriff’s office, came in second. 

Five-term incumbent Moody was reelected with just over 13,000 votes.

Moody says he plans to overcome what he sees as the key hurdle for Portsmouth when it comes to business development, that more than half of the city’s land is government-owned and produces no tax revenue.

Former Councilman Mark Whitaker collected more than 8,000 votes during the race, even though he was already disqualified from taking office. Whitaker’s name was already on the ballot prior to his conviction in September on three counts of felony forgery.

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