Barbara M. Henley

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Barbara Henley obtained a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Urban Studies from Old Dominion University. Henley has served on the Virginia Beach City Council since 2006, representing the Princess Anne District. She also served on the City Council from 1978 to 1990 and from 1994 to 2002 [1]. Henley also serves as the City Council liaison to the Agricultural Advisory Commission, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Citizens Committee on Boards and Commission, Green Ribbon Committee, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Historical Review Board, the Mayor’s Commission on Aging, Open Space Advisory Committee and the Transition Area ITA Citizens Advisory Committee. She is the author of Glimpses of Down-County History: Southern Princess Anne County.

Henley has taught for the city’s public school system and is a partner in Henley Farms, LP. Henley is president of the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society [2]. In the past, she has represented the Pungo Borough and the Princess Anne District, and she has served as Vice Mayor [7].

Key Issues


Henley advocates for the agricultural industry and land preservation, and she supports constraints on development in sensitive areas [3].


Henley wants to address flooding and wants to restart Virginia Beach’s open space program [3].


Henley wants to preserve forests in the city and grow the tree canopy [3].


Henley opposed changing Virginia Beach’s former voting system, which included several more at-large districts, but was changed after a federal court ruling and state law changes [3]. She is opposed to hiring aides for the Virginia Beach City Council and wants to do her own work [6]. 


Henley wants to hear from the public and follow their opinion in the event the City Council develops a plan for public transportation alternatives [8].


No endorsements could be found.


1 Ballotpedia
2 City of Virginia Beach 
3 Princess Anne Independent 
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6 Yahoo News 
8 Williamsburg Yorktown Daily