By JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE,
Princess Anne Independent News
Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove from his home in rural Virginia Beach to the Capps Shop Precinct at Back Bay Christian Assembly. The delegate spotted a sign with his name on it outside the polling location. There was a list of candidates, generally on the conservative side, endorsed by an unknown group called the Virginia Beach Teachers’ Association. Illustrated by a bespectacled owl, the sign urged voters to “make the wise choice.”
VaNews November 28, 2019
By RYAN MURPHY,
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What’s long been a reliably Republican Virginia House seat representing parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach is suddenly in play this election, after redrawn lines have left the 81st District split dead-even between voters on either side of the aisle.
Barry Knight, a Virginia Beach farmer and Republican who has represented the district since winning a special election in 2009, aims to beat back a challenge from Democratic newcomer Len Myers, a first-time candidate and consumer rights lawyer from Chesapeake.
VaNews October 24, 2019
By TYLER ARNOLD,
Virginia Republicans announced Wednesday that they will seek to advance a package of bills to provide aid to Virginia Beach and the victims of the mass shooting that occurred there in May.
“The Beach is hurting, and I will do everything in my power to see that the victims, their families, and the city get the help they need,” Del. Barry Knight, R- Virginia Beach, said about his home district in a news release.
VaNews July 11, 2019
By MECHELLE HANKERSON,
The day of the municipal building mass shooting, Republican Del. Barry Knight, who grew up in Virginia Beach and currently represents part of the city, was at a friend’s memorial service when the city manager contacted him to tell him six people had been killed.
By the end of the shooter’s rampage, 13 would be dead, including the gunman, and four more hospitalized.
VaNews June 10, 2019
By MECHELLE HANKERSON,
For years, restaurant owners have struggled through the tangled bureaucracy of getting and keeping state permission to serve liquor.
Virginia’s alcohol control laws — from its decision to keep retail liquor sales under the state’s purview and the liquor ratio rule that effectively bans bars — are relics of the post-Prohibition era.
VaNews January 4, 2019