Democrat Tiffany Boyle was elected Newport News’ Commissioner of the Revenue Tuesday, defeating independent candidate Donald Woodruff.
Complete unofficial returns from the state Department of Elections were Boyle, 27,470 (63.39 percent) ; Woodruff, 15,660 (36.14 percent).
Woodruff and Boyle were running their first campaigns for public office after current Commissioner Priscilla Bele decided earlier this year to retire.
“These are the results I was expecting,” Boyle said Tuesday night over the phone, screams audible in the background. “I was very confident because my team and I have been working for so long. We focused on the people and we’ve been trying to hit everyone we can across the entire city of Newport News.”
In a heated primary race, Boyle beat the office’s deputy chief, Dava Kauffman. Before that election, seven former commissioner of the revenue employees told the Daily Press that the office was a toxic work environment under Bele and Kauffman, who denied those claims.
Boyle said she had similar complaints about the office but declined to speak about them in detail. Shortly after the primary, Woodruff announced his candidacy.
Boyle works in sales at Newport News Industrial, a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. She is also the editor-in-chief of Emerge the Magazine, a publication for business owners.
Woodruff worked 20 years for the city’s informational technology department.
Boyle has said her first priority will be to fill staff vacancies and create an official grievance policy. Constitutional offices in Newport News deal with their own grievances, and the commissioner of the revenue's office doesn't have a specific policy.
She also wants to make the office’s website more user-friendly and create a research group where business owners, industry leaders and others can discuss how the office's assessments are affecting their businesses.
Commissioner of Revenue
Tiffany Boyle: 27,470 (63.39 percent)
Donald Woodruff: 15,660 (36.14 percent)