Steve Best

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


R. Stephen “Steve” Best, Sr. obtained an associate’s degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Governmental Administration, a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the Regent University School of Law. Best is a former Fire Chief, as well as a former Fire Marshal for the City in the Fire Prevention Bureau. Best is also a fire protection consultant for business and industry [1], and he was named Chesapeake’s First Citizen in 2015 by the Chesapeake Rotary Club [6].

Key Issues


Best wants to support the rural agriculture community [4].


Best wants to attract business, development, and balanced industry to Chesapeake [4]. 


Best wants to ensure safety in schools, allocate resources for maintenance of buildings and buses, and provide adequate pay and benefits to teachers [4].


Best wants to provide pay and benefits to City employees that attract highly qualified employees [4].


Best wants to work with regional, state, and federal partners to invest in infrastructure, including roads and water infrastructure [4].

Public Safety

Best wants to make sure firefighters, police officers, and others have the necessary resources to protect civilians. He also advocates for providing opportunities for them to build successful careers and retire happily [4].


Chesapeake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9, Tidewater Builder Association, Hampton Roads Realtors Association


1 City of Chesapeake, Virginia 
2 The Virginian-Pilot
3 Facebook
4 Steve Best for Chesapeake City Council
5 LinkedIn
6 Chesapeake Rotary