November 8th
Four More Years
Working for Our Community



Retail Spending (FY18)


Visitor Impact (2019)


New and Retained Jobs Announced (FY20)


Capital Investments Announced (FY17–FY20)

Why I'm running for re-election to council?
I’ve served our city in many capacities, including fire chief, assistant city manager and city councilman. I understand our opportunities and challenges and I know how to build relationships to solve problems and effect change for the betterment of our city. I’m focused on the future and determined to make Hampton a safe, attractive and inclusive city for those who call it home today and for generations to come.
What strengths will I continue to bring to council?
With proven leadership skills and a track record of community service, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and continue working with you to build a better Hampton; a safe, attractive and inclusive city for those who call it home today, and for generations to come.
What makes me stand out as a city council candidate?

I have been in public service for more than 40 years and I served our city at the highest levels of city government. As a fire chief, I effectively integrated career and volunteer firefighters to deliver high quality fire and emergency services and, as an assistant city manager, I worked tirelessly to help our city prepare for, respond to and quickly recover from natural disasters that threatened to disrupt our quality of life.

As a city councilman, I have worked collaboratively with my fellow members of Council to achieve shared goals for our city, with common sense, innovative solutions for economic growth, reduced crime, and enhanced livability.

I understand our challenges and opportunities and I know how to build relationships, both locally and regionally, to solve problems and effect change for the betterment of our city.

What have I accomplished
as a Council Member?
  • I supported annual budgets that reduced real estate taxes and provided personal property tax relief while making major investments in schools, community centers, new public safety facilities, salary increases for city employees, and a new aquatics center just to name a few. We did this while maintaining a solid AA credit rating.
  • I advocated for funding to improve to city amenities and facilities like Buckroe Beach boardwalk, War Memorial Stadium, Wythe fire station, maintaining historic African American cemeteries, and removing the police firing range out of the Old North Hampton neighborhood.
  • I supported new ordinances and increased staffing that will help improve and maintain attractive neighborhoods that are free of blight, clutter and other conditions that lower property values and affect quality of life.
  • I supported investments for innovative projects that will reduce flooding resulting from sea level rise and extreme weather and make our flood-prone neighborhoods more resilient.
  • I advocated for major investments to reduce poverty and crime that included new staffing, partnerships with non-profits, expanded summer job opportunities for youth and job training programs.
  • I supported new economic development agreements that produced new housing units and apartments, new centers of excellence for unmanned systems and aquaculture research and new warehouses to support regional commerce.
  • I met regularly with constituents and invited input from senior citizen groups, neighborhood associations, neighborhood watch groups and non-profits to facilitate, access and promote relationship building.

Michael MonteithI work with many people who say they want to help our community. It is however refreshing to work with professionals like Jimmy Gray who don’t just talk but make things happen. Hampton is blessed to have Jimmy working for a better quality of life for us all.

Michael Monteith, CEO
Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia


Powered by Wild Apricot. Try our all-in-one platform for easy membership management