William E. Moody Jr.

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


William E. “Bill” Moody Jr. is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Loadmaster Flight School, Alpha Real Estate College, and Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Course. Moody was elected to Portsmouth City Council in 1998 and has served on the City Council ever since. He was appointed Vice Mayor from 2004-2006 and 2008-2010. He has served as the City Council Liaison to organizations such as the Portsmouth Amphitheater, Portsmouth Port & Industrial Commission, and Hampton Roads Regional Jail [1, 2]. Moody is a sales representative with WB Waste Solutions in Chesapeake [3].
Moody was condemned by NAACP President James Boyd, Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe, and Virginia Senator Louise Lucas after he supported a statement made by Trump suggesting that four minority Congresswomen go back to where they came from [6, 7]. Moody has also faced criticism for Twitter posts such as one stating that “[Nancy Pelosi is] a nasty ignorant hateful human. Her comments are another example that she is mentally deranged” [6].

Key Issues


Moody is against the removal of Confederate monuments [6].


Moody does not support the way the City Council currently manages the city and is against decisions such as the termination of Angel Jones as City Manager [3].


Moody has supported various economic development projects including Victory Crossing, Kroger Marketplace, the Renaissance Hotel, the relocation of Tidewater Community College to Portsmouth, and numerous new communities. He wants to attract more retail stores [2].


Moody advocates against raising real estate taxes and wants to collaborate with the school administration to combine services in order to save tax dollars. He prioritizes balanced and efficient budgeting [2].

Law Enforcement

Moody wants to maintain a full complement of 260 sworn Police Officers [2].


Moody is in favor of replacing old water and sewage pipes, as well as sidewalks and curbing [2].


Moody believes bans from social media, such as the ban of Donald Trump from Twitter, are a form of censorship [5].


Nathan Clark, former councilmember


1 City of Portsmouth
3 The Virginian-Pilot
5 Twitter 
6 Ven’s Voice 
7 13NewsNow