Here are the finalists for the Beach District council seat

VIRGINIA BEACH — City Council reviewed the 14 complete applications submitted for the Beach District Council vacancy and shortlisted the five most highly qualified for interviews. They are:

  • Leah Malbon Davenport, deputy department head/supervisory attorney, U.S. Navy
  • Megin Kennett, client solutions executive, AT&T
  • Louisa Strayhorn, CEO, LSA Consulting, Inc.
  • Guy King Tower, retired attorney, mediator, educator and association executive
  • John E Uhrin, director of operations, Burlage Management Corporation

Each candidate’s application package will be released April 10 for public inspection.

On April 16, residents have the opportunity to provide feedback to the City Council during its regularly scheduled business meeting. Then, on April 23, City Council will interview the selected candidates and, following that, make a decision.

State code authorizes the City Council to fill the vacancy until a special election is scheduled, which will be the first Tuesday in November.


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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.