Sessoms comments on conflict of interest allegations via Facebook

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — On Tuesday, Mayor Will Sessoms commented publicly for the first time on conflict of interest allegations against him.

The accusations say he should have recused himself when voting for city projects involving his employer, TowneBank.

Tuesday night, Sessoms posted a status on his Facebook page that said, in part: “I have been made aware of the recent stories and am taking this situation and these allegations seriously. What has been best for Virginia Beach has always been a priority for me.”

He spoke to WAVY News’ Andy Fox on Monday, saying he has not been contacted by federal, state or local investigators. He also said he has no plans to step down as mayor.

An investigation from the Virginian-Pilot found Sessoms voted at least 60 times on issues involving businesses, developers, and individuals who received loans from his bank.

TowneBank has said it is reviewing the facts.

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