Melvin Cotton Jr.

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Melvin Cotton received a bachelor’s in Religion from Liberty University. In 2014, Cotton graduated with a master’s in Christian Education from Virginia Union University School of Theology. He went on to graduate with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union in 2018 [1, 2].

Cotton previously served as part of the ministerial team at Grove Baptist Church, and he currently serves as a pastor at New Genesis Baptist Church Virginia Beach and as a member of the Portsmouth City School Board [1, 2, 4].

Cotton has served as a youth mentor to I. C. Norcom High School students. He is a volunteer chaplain at Sentara Obici Hospital and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc [1].

Cotton also served time as an inmate [5].

Cotton has been labeled as a Democrat under VPAP [3].

Key Issues


Cotton wants to end the norm of black citizens being targeted in incarceration. He also wants to support unjustly incarcerated people after they leave prison or jail [5].


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1 New Genesis Baptist Church
2 Facebook
4 Portsmouth Public Schools
5 Whro Public Media