VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — On the ballot, you won’t see political party affiliation next to the names of candidates looking to be the next mayor of Virginia Beach, but on the campaign trail, party influence has become hard to miss.
The Democratic Party of Virginia has contributed several hundred thousand dollars in the form of campaign materials — such as mailers — on behalf of candidate Jody Wagner’s campaign.
On the other hand, the current attack ad running against Wagner on TV refers to her as a “liberal Democrat,” trying to capitalize on her party affiliation to gain support for incumbent Mayor Bobby Dyer.
Dyer is a registered Republican and Wagner is a registered Democrat. But in running for a seat that is nonpartisan, the third candidate in the race R.K. Kowalewitch — a construction contractor who has unsuccessfully run for City Council multiple times — said influence from any political party shouldn’t be allowed.