Joashua F. “Joash” Schulman

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Joash Schulman graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in International Relations/Latin American & Caribbean Affairs. Schulman went on to attend Michigan State University College of Law, earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence [2].

Schulman currently serves as an Attorney for Joashua F Schulman, PC. Schulman also serves as Co-Founder and On-Site Manager of Virginia Beach Town Center Office Suites [1, 2, 5, 6, 8].

Schulman serves as Chair of the Virginia Beach Wetlands Board, Vice President of Virginia Beach Vision, and Secretary of the Central Business District Association of Virginia Beach (CBDA). He is a Regional Board Member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and serves as a board member of Lynnhaven River Now and the Neptune Festival Foundation [1, 2].

Schulman is a 2022 graduate of the Civic Executive Leadership Institute, and a past-President of the CBDX, the 40-and-under young professionals’ division of the CBDA. He is a former member of the Envision 2020 Regional Branding Task Force, co-founder of 757 Proud, a regional pride building initiative, and was previously the Vice Chair of the VB 2040 Vision to Action Community Coalition [1, 8].

Schulman received CBDA’s President’s Award in 2016 and was named among the “Top-40-Under-40” by Inside Business in 2015 [1].

Key Issues

Economy

Schulman wants to encourage businesses to locate in Virginia Beach by lowering the tax burden on small businesses, making it easier to navigate the permitting process, and providing more business mentorship opportunities [1].

Education

Schulman supports Virginia Beach Public Schools. He wants to maintain the current infrastructure, invest in technology, replace aging buildings, and recruit, retain, and reward quality teachers, administrators, and other personnel. With the Central Business District Association, Schulman has orchestrated volunteer mentoring opportunities in the classroom and established a scholarship program for seniors at Princess Anne High School [1].

Water

Schulman wants to maintain Virginia Beach’s wetlands. As Chair of the Virginia Beach Wetlands Board, Schulman oversaw a net gain in vegetated wetlands, either created or restored. Schulman also approved critical shoreline stabilization projects like sand replenishment at Chic’s Beach, the oceanfront, and Sandbridge [1].

Environment

Schulman wants to save trees. Working alongside representatives from the Virginia Department of Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, Lynnhaven River Now, and city staff, he commissioned a peer-reviewed study that considered the value of trees to mitigate recurrent flooding in the southern watershed [1].

Public Safety

Schulman wants to foster an environment of trust and mutual respect between law enforcement and the public. To do this, he wants to offer opportunities for the public to interact with law enforcement. Schulman believes that advancing community policing efforts, diversity in hiring, addressing staffing shortages and officer wellness, investments in technology, and implementing the recommendations of the Citizen Review Panel Task Force should also be priorities [1].

Infrastructure

In order to combat traffic, Schulman wants to install light rail to the Virginia Beach Town Center, as a component of a larger transportation plan [8].

Endorsements

Virginia Beach Democratic Committee; Virginia Beach Professional Fire & EMS, Local 2924; DTRT PAC

Sources

1 Schulman 4 Virginia Beach
2 LinkedIn
3 Twitter
4 Virginia Beach Vision
5 Hampton Roads Chamber
6 Virginia Beach Town Center Office Suites
7 VPAP
8 The Virginian-Pilot
9 DTRT PAC
10 Virginia Beach Democratic Committee