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Engage Norfolk Ready to Turn Your Passion Into Civic Action

Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander and City Councilmen Andria McClellan and Martin Thomas pose at the 2017 Engage Norfolk event. (Source: Engage Norfolk)
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The second annual Engage Norfolk event is this Sunday, February 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Norview High School in Norfolk. Organizers of the event have announced the exhibitors at the CivicFAIR, topics for the Civic Workshops and a list of elected officials and candidates for office.

The Engage Norfolk CivicFAIR 2018 will showcase more than 80 organizations representing causes and communities of interest in Norfolk and Hampton Roads. CivicFAIR organizations and their representatives will be at tables and discuss with attendees about how you can become involved.

OutWire757 is proud to be a media sponsor of this event and will be included with many of the the area’s LGBT and allied organizations are planning to exhibit at Engage Norfolk and include the following:

  • Teens with Purpose
  • Hampton Roads Pride
  • LGBT Life Center
  • PFLAG of Norfolk/Hampton Roads
  • Indivisible 757
  • Planned Parenthood
  • YWCA of Hampton Roads

Elected Officials & Candidates

  • Senator Mark Warner (representative) (Federal)
  • Senator Tim Kaine (representative) (Federal)
  • Del. Cliff Hayes (Virginia)
  • Del. Steve Heretick (Virginia)
  • Del. Jay Jones (Virginia)
  • Sen. Lionell Spruill (Virginia)
  • Councilwoman Andria McClellan (City of Norfolk)
  • Councilman Martin Thomas (City of Norfolk)
  • Vice Mayor Dr. Theresa Whibley (City of Norfolk)

At time of publication, U.S. Congressman Scott Taylor (R, VA-2) nor his representative committed to attend the event.


  • Garry Hubbard  (Congressional Candidate, CD2)
  • Mary Jones  (Congressional Candidate, CD2)
  • Elaine Luria  (Congressional Candidate, CD2)
  • Karen Mallard (Congressional Candidate, CD2)
  • Tom Warburton (City Council, Ward 2)
  • Courtney Doyle (City Council, Ward 2)
  • Nicole Carry (School board, Ward 1)
  • Adale Martin (School board, Ward 1)
  • Tanya Bhasin (School board, Ward 2)
  • Nate Kinnison (School Board, Ward 2)
  • Brittany Shearer (School board, Ward 2)
  • Carlos Clanton (School Board, Ward 3)
  • Jackie Glass (School Board, Ward 3)
  • Leon Rouson (School Board, Ward 4)
  • Chip Broadbent (School Board, Ward 5)

Civic Workshops

Between 1:30-4:30 p.m., a series of Civic Workshops will take place so attendees can learn more about how to become civically engaged.  Sessions will run consecutively.  For full details on each workshop, including speakers, click HERE.
  • 1:30 p.m., “Your Passion and Your City:  Norfolk Government 101″
  • 2:00-2:45 p.m., “Your Passion and Your Voice: – How To Be Heard Effectively”
  • 3:00 -3:25 p.m. – “Your Passion And Your Neighborhood – The Power of Civic Leagues”
  • 3:30-3:55 p.m., “Your Passion and Your Action, Part 1 – Your Life
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. “Your Passion and Your Action, Part 2 — Is Politics for You?

Engage Norfolk is a family-friendly event and the organizers have arranged to have free, on-site childcare provided to all children ages 4-12 years of age.  In addition, organizers have arranged to have local coffee and food trucks on site to keep attendees satiated.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted by representatives from the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia and/or donations of care items to help our furry friends to benefit the Norfolk SPCA, PETA and the Norfolk Animal Care Center.  For a list of items needed, click HERE.

Engage Norfolk is free and open to the public.  However, attendees are encouraged to register HERE.

Engage Norfolk is co-sponsored by Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClellanTowneBankWillcox Savage Law FirmOutwire757, the New Journal & GuideVolunteer Hampton, and WHRO

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