Vernon Lamont Tillage

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Vernon Lamont Tillage earned his BS in Political Science and Government from Old Dominion University. He has served on the Portsmouth School Board since 2021 [4]. Tillage has served as a legislative assistant in the Virginia General Assembly and a Regional Outreach Representative in the United States Senate. He has also managed various local campaigns in the city of Portsmouth. Tillage currently serves as the Community Affairs Coordinator for Virginia Natural Gas. In 2021, he was recognized by the Old Dominion University Alumni Association and was awarded their inaugural “Top 40 Under 40” award. Tillage is currently the Chair of the Portsmouth Democratic Committee and the Board President of Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court, Inc [1]. At the age of 26, Tillage is the youngest person ever elected to serve on a public body in the City of Portsmouth [3].

Key Issues


Tillage prioritizes economic development in order to help reduce taxes for citizens. He hopes to listen to citizen input to improve Portsmouth, attract businesses, streamline taxes, and make Portsmouth salaries more competitive [1].


Tillage plans to invest in education [1]. He has advocated for electric school buses [2]. Tillage supports full accreditation, expanding career and technical education programs, providing safe schools, and advocating for competitive wages for teachers and staff. Tillage wants to expand access to appropriate tools and opportunities, regardless of students’ socioeconomic background [7].

Public Safety

Tillage wants to recruit and retain public safety personnel in order to maintain safety and order in the city. She also wants to create prevention and recreational programs for youth [1].


Portsmouth Education Association; Run for Something PAC (2020 School Board run)


1 Vernon Lamont Tillage for Portsmouth City Council
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3 Portsmouth Public Schools
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8 February 22, 2022 City Council Minutes