Richard W. “RK” Kowalewitch

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Challenger

Background

Richard Kowalewitch attended Old Dominion University for two years. Kowalewitch has been the owner of RK’s Surf Shop for over 31 years. Kowalewitch has run for Virginia Beach City Council several times and ran for Virginia Beach Mayor in the 2020 election. Kowalewitch is certified in Occupational Safety and Health Administration [2, 3, 4].

Key Issues

Economy

Kowalewitch supports small businesses, as a small business owner of RK’s Surf Shop [3].

Water

Kowalewitch wants Virginia Beach to increase its maintenance of stormwater infrastructure. Kowalewitch also wants to increase regulation on building stormwater infrastructure in low lying areas, and he believes that some areas should not be built on at all. In 2018, he met with city officials on stormwater maintenance. [2, 3].

Public Safety

Kowalewitch wants to increase the salary of and fully staff the Fire Department and Police Department [2, 3].

Budget

Kowalewitch wants to reduce Virginia Beach’s bond debt and fund the unmandated pension liabilities. He wants to target and eliminate the unnecessary spending by the city [3].

Corruption

Kowalewitch wants to stop government corruption. He wants the government to focus on all groups rather than special interest groups. Kowalewitch wants to change the state conflict of interest code section to make consequences of corruption more severe [3].

Endorsements

Republican Party of Virginia Beach

Sources

1 VPAP
2 The Princess Anne Independent News
3 WAVY
4 WTKR
5 Republican Party of Virginia Beach