Martin Thomas Jr. took his oath of office and was sworn in as the new City Councilman of Ward 1 today! The ceremony took place at the Norfolk Courthouse, and we couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishment.
With an educational foundation in urban planning, strong family ties to the Hampton Roads area, years of experience as an attorney, and a civic-minded background, Martin has the perfect credentials for city council. Jim English, longtime president of the Wards Corner Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot during Martin’s campaign “Thomas knows how to negotiate, how the city works and how to get things done.” Don Musacchio, president of the Willoughby Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot that Martin “has a knack for gathering the facts, asking questions and then convincing people of the right path forward.”
Thomas has multiple long-term priorities for the city of Norfolk. This includes advocating for a technology advisory committee, adding wi-fi access to public places such as parks and beaches, and moving forward with plans for a career technical school. He also wants to expand the light rail to ODU and military installations, increase cooperation between the Norfolk City Council and the School Board, and increase public transparency of local government.
Martin Thomas Jr. lives in Wards Corner with his wife Maggie and their two children. He will represent Ward 1 until mid-2018.