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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.