Melissa A. Saarijarvi Peck

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Melissa Peck has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Government from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MLIS from San Jose State University [8, 9, 10].

Peck is a former volunteer for Standup for Kids and Ombudsman for the US Navy. She currently serves as Vice Chair of Presidents & Elections for the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee [8, 10].

Key Issues


Peck seeks to better communicate with residents in immediate impact areas prior to making decisions [10].


Peck aims to increase economic opportunities beyond the resort area [9].

Peck wants to give city workers and first responders adequate salaries to afford to live in Virginia Beach and wants to use collective bargaining for worker’s rights [12].


Peck aims to fully fund public schools and improve teacher recruitment and retention. She seeks to make teacher compensation on par with neighboring cities [9, 12].


Peck plans to keep flood mitigation and coastal resilience at the forefront of decision-making. She plans to address flooding in high commute areas [9, 10].


Peck plans to allow residents to maintain a limited number of backyard hens to help alleviate family food costs [9].


Peck seeks to replace aging school buildings [9].


Peck wants to maintain the 10-district voting structure [9, 12].


Peck signed an Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi which asked Pelosi to apologize for her statements regarding Representative Maxine Waters [6].


Peck plans to improve timing for traffic lights to address traffic issues [10].


Virginia Beach Democratic Committee


2 Virginia Beach Government
3 Virginia Department of Elections
4 Campaign Finance Report
5 Transparency USA
6 Calling in Nancy Pelosi
7 Ballotpedia
8 Linkedln
9 Melissa Peck City Council District 1
10 Princess Anne Independent News
11 Virginia Beach Democratic Committee
12 Youtube