When I lived in Virginia Beach, the mayor of the city was Meyera Oberndorf. She is a lovely, fiesty lady who really looked out for the city and its denizens. She was mayor from 1988 until January 2009. I met her a number of times when she attended events at the college where I worked. She was always sweet, charming and quite the power house. I remember when she had a menora installed on Mt. Trashmore. It was controversial the first year it was in place but she was determined to have the city recognize more than just Christmas.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Oberndorf has Alzheimer's. The article is long but worth the read.