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Most Virginia Beach voters support Mayor Sessoms for re-election, poll finds

By ALISSA SKELTON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A plurality of voters plan to support Mayor Will Sessoms for re-election and think the city is heading in the right direction, a new poll shows. The Virginian-Pilot and WVEC partnered with Christopher Newport University to survey 706 likely Virginia Beach voters.

VaNews October 13, 2016


List of candidates for Virginia Beach mayor and City Council

By ALISSA SKELTON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The future of Virginia Beach is likely to dominate the conversation over the next five months as nine candidates compete for positions on the City Council and four run for mayor. Tuesday marked the filing deadline to register as a candidate in those races. The election will be held Nov. 8. All races are nonpartisan and the terms last four years.

VaNews June 16, 2016


Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms is running for re-election

By ALISSA SKELTON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Mayor Will Sessoms, who was recently convicted of violating the state’s conflict of interest law, is running for a third term. He announced on Monday his plans to run for re-election. So far, he has no challengers in the November election.

VaNews February 23, 2016


Virginia Beach Mayor says he is leaning toward seeking re-election

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Mayor Will Sessoms said Thursday he is leaning toward seeking a third term and he plans to make an announcement next week. “I am leaning toward doing it, but this is not my sole decision – I am getting a lot of family input on this,” Sessoms said of running for re-election in November.

VaNews February 12, 2016


Virginia Beach weighs benefits of buying drones

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia Beach could soon be up in the air. The city is considering buying drones to help find missing children, respond to disasters and locate distressed boaters.

VaNews January 6, 2016


Mayor pleads no contest to misdemeanor conflict charge in plea deal

By JANE HARPER AND MIKE HIXENBAUGH , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Mayor Will Sessoms pleaded no contest Monday to a single misdemeanor charge of violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act for a vote he cast that benefited a borrower of TowneBank while he was a president there. As part of a plea agreement offered by the special prosecutor, four other charges were dropped. The deal also included the prosecutor’s recommendation that the mayor not be removed from office, and that he be required to make a donation of $1,000 to the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. A $500 fine, which is the maximum penalty for the Class 3 misdemeanor, was suspended.

VaNews December 29, 2015


Full Text: Mayor Sessom's statement after the court hearing

By WILL SESSOM, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The last year has been a difficult time for me and my family. A newspaper article that ran on November 8, 2014, alleged numerous instances of improper votes I made, questioning my integrity and honesty. A special investigation was launched as a result of this article, and I was immediately advised by my attorneys to withhold any public discussion of the matter. With the resolution that has taken place, I can now speak to the citizens I am so proud to serve.

VaNews December 29, 2015


Virginia Beach Mayor heading to trial on Monday

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Mayor Will Sessoms is to appear before a judge for the first time this morning on allegations that he violated the state’s conflict of interest law on five occasions. The case is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Virginia Beach General District Court. The prosecution and defense are prepared to go forward with a trial.

VaNews December 28, 2015


Virginia Beach's former top attorney comes out of retirement to defend Sessoms

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Five misdemeanor charges. Four attorneys. Mayor Will Sessoms isn't taking the conflict of interest case against him lightly. And despite the accusations looming over Sessoms, many on Thursday offered support.

VaNews November 6, 2015


Virginia Beach Mayor Sessoms charged with conflict of interest

By ALISSA SKELTON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Mayor Will Sessoms was charged Wednesday with five misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s Conflict of Interest Act for votes he cast that benefited borrowers of the bank where he served as a president, according to an email from the special prosecutor. The five charges against Sessoms are punishable by a maximum fine of $500 each, prosecutor Michael Doucette said. A trial has been set for Dec. 7, but that could change to accommodate Sessoms’ attorney, Doucette said.

VaNews November 5, 2015