Former state lawmaker Tom Gear has filed subpoenas on 11 people — including Hampton's entire City Council — to appear at his hearing next week on a charge of trespassing.
Gear, a former state delegate and one-time council member, was charged with trespassing last week after being escorted out of a City Council meeting for refusing to stop demanding that Mayor Molly Joseph Ward answer a question about the Hampton Police's cigarette sting.
"Molly Ward wants to play games," Gear said. "Let the games begin."
Former state Del. Tom Gear was ushered out of the Hampton City Council chambers Wednesday evening after he repeatedly asked Mayor Molly Joseph Ward when she learned about an undercover cigarette sting recently made public by the Daily Press.
Public speakers are given three minutes to address the City Council. When Gear’s allotted time expired, he continued to question the mayor about the sting. She did not answer his questions.
Tom Gear, a former state delegate who retired from the General Assembly in 2010 because of health issues, has announced his intention to run for Hampton City Council.
Gear spent nine years in the General Assembly and was known for his combative style in lobbying against tax increases.
A federal grand jury met in Newport News late last year as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding state legislation that gave a tax break to a Newport News air services firm.
Federal authorities are investigating a Virginia state senator who took a job with an aviation company after sponsoring legislation to give it a tax break.
Former television reporter Kurt Hogan will announce his intention to run for Hampton City Council during a 11:30 a.m. Thursday news conference on the Mellen Street bridge in Phoebus. Hogan, who reported for Channel 3, WTKR, is running on a platform to increase civic participation through open government.
After an initial foray into politics last year, Teresa Vanasse Schmidt is now focusing her efforts on the Hampton City Council.
Schmidt, a Fox Hill resident, said she is interested in sitting on the council to improve the city's quality of living.