Nathan J. Clark

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Nathan J. Clark graduated from Tidewater Community College with an administration of justice degree. Clark is a former Portsmouth deputy sheriff, police officer, and firefighter. He currently serves as a Virginia Marine Police officer [1].
In January of 2020, Clark arrived at a city council meeting meant to discuss on vote on second amendment rights with an AR-15 strapped to his chest. The council and mayor were voting for or against a resolution in support of Second Amendment rights and expressing commitment to preserve the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Articles 1 and 13 of the Virginia Constitution. Some community members found this action insensitive and unprofessional. On Facebook, many people said they felt scared and uncomfortable as a result of Clark’s actions. Clark responded, “I was there proving a point, exercising my personal Second Amendment rights [3, 4].”

Key Issues

Economy

To spur economic development, Clark wants to create a liaison program. A liaison would be assigned to each business owner, giving each business owner a contact for the city. The liaison would then provide a standardized list of what needs to be accomplished with the city and its various departments for the specific type of business [1].

Gun Policy

Clark supports the right to bear arms. In January of 2020, he voted for a resolution in support of Second Amendment rights and expressing commitment to uphold the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and Articles 1 and 13 of the Virginia Constitution. He arrived at the meeting with an AR-15 strapped to his chest [3, 4].

Public Safety

Clark supports in-house medical buildings. He wants Portsmouth to hire a certified medical coder to conduct the billing for services provided by its ambulances, rather than an outside contractor who retains a percentage of each medical bill as payment. Clark wants to use savings from this outsourcing in public safety departments for personnel or for city equipment [1].

Endorsements

Hampton Roads Realtors Association

Sources

1 The Virginian-Pilot
2 VPAP
3 13 News
4 3 WTKR
5 Hampton Roads Realtors Association