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Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms To Endorse McAuliffe for Governor


From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign…very interesting (note: Larry Sabato tweets that this is “stunning,” noting “VA Beach is a critical swing locality & Sessoms is a real power there. That’s a BIG defection from Cuccinelli.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms To Endorse McAuliffe for Governor

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, the Republican mayor of Virginia’s largest city, will endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor tomorrow. This is the first time Sessoms has endorsed a Democrat for governor in his more than 20 years in public service in Virginia Beach.

“Terry McAuliffe’s focus on diversifying and growing Virginia’s economy will help foster economic growth in Virginia Beach, and help Hampton Roads to become a greater center of commerce in the Commonwealth, and I am proud to give him my full support,” said Sessoms. “Terry’s commitment to supporting investments in transportation and education here in Hampton Roads will make our communities stronger and prepare our workforce for the innovative jobs of the 21st Century.”

Sessoms’ endorsement marks the sixth out of the seven mayors in Hampton Roads to endorse McAuliffe. McAuliffe has also been endorsed by Mayor Paul Fraim of Norfolk, Mayor Molly Ward of Hampton, Mayor McKinley Price of Newport News, Mayor Kenny Wright of Portsmouth, and Mayor Linda Johnson of Suffolk.

Sessoms will announce his endorsement Tuesday while touring the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center with McAuliffe and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim. The support for McAuliffe by both mayors Sessoms and Fraim signifies a major step in bringing the region together to foster economic growth, innovation, and job creation. McAuliffe will also release his economic development plan for Hampton Roads on Tuesday.


WHO: Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim

WHAT: McAuliffe, Sessoms, and Fraim will tour the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, where Sessoms will announce his support of McAuliffe for governor.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 11:00 AM

WHERE: Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Crescent Virginia Beach, VA 23453

  • McAuliffe Announces More Than $7 Million Raised in July & August, $5 Million Cash on Hand

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign announced today that he raised more than $7.3 million during the months of July and August from more than 7,400 donors. Heading into the final stretch of the campaign, McAuliffe’s cash on hand is just over $5 million.

    “Throughout this campaign, Terry has focused on bringing together a broad coalition of Virginians from both parties and all corners of the Commonwealth, and Terry is grateful for the support thousands of Virginians have shown for his campaign,” said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. “Mainstream Republicans like Mayor Will Sessoms, who represents Virginia’s largest city, and business leaders alike have recognized that Terry’s commonsense, bipartisan approach to growing and strengthening our economy is the right choice for Virginia’s future. Terry looks forward to working with Republicans, Independents and Democrats as governor to create jobs and economic opportunity in the Commonwealth.”

    Current Filing (7/1/13 through 8/31/13):

    More than 7,400 total contributors

    72% of contributors were from Virginia

    82% of contributors gave $100 or less

  • MShapiro

    The guy is President of the financial services division of the regions largest bank, Towne Bank, which has $70 million in long term city deposits. He regularly negotiates financial dealings on behalf of the city and Towne Bank AT THE SAME TIME.

    Most recently, he appointed several Towne Bank Board Members to a committee tasked with developing the financial incentives to be paid to the purchasers of the old Cavalier Hotel. The group of investors included other Towne Bank Board Members and one of Sessoms’ largest contributors, Bruce Thompson. On the day of the final vote on the terms sheet it was disclosed that Towne Bank would likely be financing a portion of the deal causing Sessoms to recuse himself. Despite that, the city gave them $11.2 million in cash and roughly $7 million more in tax incentives and promised public improvements before the deal even closed.