Adam Arbogast looked with disdain this week over vote counts from Chesapeake's recent city elections.
Roughly 12 percent of people registered in Chesapeake voted May 3. In Norfolk, which decided on a new mayor, less than 28 percent of registered voters went to the polls. Both cities had at least one precinct where less than one in 10 people eligible to vote did.
Not one precinct in Chesapeake topped 20 percent turnout.
The City Council will remain the same for another two years, now that voters have decided to let three incumbents keep their seats.
Debbie Ritter, Rick West and Robert Ike won re-election Tuesday, beating back challenges from David Washington, Dwight Parker and Gene Waters, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.
Heading into an election dominated by incumbents or former office-holders, some voters feel motivated by what they see as problematic growth in the city.
But many are skeptical that voter turnout on Tuesday will allow for any change.
Six candidates will compete in the polls Tuesday for three at-large seats on the City Council, but just one is new to the table.
David Washington, the youngest candidate at 37, has never served on the council. He previously worked as campaign manager to Councilwoman Ella Ward.
The City Council voted down a proposal Tuesday that would have opened the door to reduce fees paid by developers.
Councilman Robert Ike requested that the city look at across-the-board cuts for voluntary contributions, called proffers, to offset the demands of new development on city services such as schools, roads, libraries and emergency services.