Beginning her service as a public school teacher and then serving on the Virginia Beach School Board, Rosemary Wilson has served our city with distinction for more than two decades.
As a former teacher, Rosemary Wilson understands the value of small class sizes and teaching to the whole student. Rosemary Wilson is a leader for offering our teachers the best salaries, benefits and security to attract and retain the best talent so our children get the best education.
Rosemary Wilson was a leading voice in government to give our school bus drivers access to affordable health insurance to help attract and retain the qualified drivers our kids depend on. She also advocated for the S.A.I.P. (Substance Abuse Intervention Program) and earned the Virginia Municipal League’s prestigious award for most effective money saving program.
Rosemary Wilson not only served on the V.B.C.P.S. school modernization committee, but also served on the Achievable Dreams Academy Committee and advocated for on-board cameras to be installed in our fleet of school buses. On City Council, Rosemary Wilson advocated for a portion of our city’s real estate taxes be dedicated to public education as well as supporting all-day kindergarten in every elementary school.
For NAS Oceana and our Military
Rosemary Wilson has always supported our military. She grew up in a Navy family, and when the BRAC Commission threatened to close NAS Oceana, Rosemary Wilson stepped up and led on a bipartisan basis to create a land use plan that not only saved the base and thousands upon thousands of jobs, but became a model for the nation in military-locality partnerships. NAS Oceana is in the Beach district, and Rosemary has protected and defend it as they protect and defend us.
To help put Virginia Beach on the leading edge of technology, Rosemary Wilson advocated for the trans-Atlantic high-speed Internet cables to be based in Virginia Beach. She served on the Regional Broad-Band Committee and was appointed to the State Broad-Band Advisory Committee by Governor Northam.
Rosemary Wilson also helped new business by supporting a two-year exemption on the Business-Professional-Occupancy-Licensing (BPOL) tax so new businesses in Virginia Beach can begin earning profits sooner and are in the best position to succeed and grow.
For our Environment
Living in our coastal community has its own set of challenges that have to be met with care, commitment and respect for every stakeholder. As a member of Virginia Beach City Council Rosemary Wilson has:
- Voted to fund the Dewberry Study on Coastal Flooding
- Voted to increase funding to address flooding from 9% to 23% of our municipal budget
- Opposed uranium mining in Virginia that had the potential to threaten our city’s water supply
- Opposed drilling for oil off of our coastline that threatened our environment and tourism industry
- Helped establish the Oyster Heritage Fund to re-introduce oysters to the Lynnhaven River
- Gubernatorial appointee to the Intrastate Chesapeake Bay Local Advisory Board
- Helped preserve and protect Pleasure House Point from development, insuring this natural treasure would be there for generations to come
For our Safety
Rosemary Wilson is a long-time supporter of our Police, Fire and EMS first responders. They are our true heroes, and even in our darkest moments during the horrible shooting on May 31st, our heroes saved lives and prevented a terrible tragedy from being much worse. We owe them our best.
Rosemary supported solving a salary compression problem so that our public safety professionals are paid fairly across the board so that they know Rosemary has their backs.
For our Quality of Life
For years, the City of Virginia Beach has won awards and accolades for our fiscal management, effective government and high quality of life. As a member of Virginia Beach City Council and community leader, Rosemary Wilson has made a positive impact on many aspects of life in our city.
During her terms on City Council Rosemary Wilson has:
- Begun the Students on the Swim (SOS) program to teach our less-fortunate school children how to swim at our recreation centers at minimal cost to the taxpayers
- Founded the annual “Crush Cancer” event to raise money to fund research for rare cancers
- Serves as the City Council liaison for the Historical Preservation Committee
- Supported adding new bike lanes to approximately 130 miles of roads in our city
- Supported the resolution to ban smoking in our restaurants that was passed into law by the Virginia Legislature
- Serves as City Council liaison to the Virginia Beach Housing Advisory Board and assists in their efforts to provide more affordable housing throughout our city
- Advocated for and voted to construct our new, state-of-the-art Animal Care and Adoption Center (2014)
- Advocated for and voted to fund new bus shelters with benches for our public transit passengers