On the Ballot: Virginia Beach Mayor

The City of Virginia Beach will hold elections for mayor and four city council seats on November 8, 2016. Incumbent Mayor Will Sessoms is taking on three challengers in the race this General Election. Sessoms has served as mayor since 2008. George Furman III, Richard Kowalewitch, and Don Weeks are running against him.

Here is some information about the Virginia Beach Mayoral Candidates:

Richard Kowalewitch (I)

(Information courtesy of https://rally.org/rickkowalewitchformayor)

rkdorothythalia92012cbmessnerWith the economy faltering, jobs becoming scarce and Virginia Beach raising taxes and fees on residents and business owners, the time has come for new leadership at City Hall. I am a successful, local businessman who knows what it means to make a payroll and I know how to control spending. On Tuesday, November 6 2012, vote for “RK” as your next Mayor of Virginia Beach!

Will Sessoms (I)

(Information courtesy of http://www.sessomsformayor.com/about-will/)

sessoms_00101imagebydonmonteaux2012-2-2Will Sessoms confided in a friend in college in the 1970s that he wanted to become mayor of his home town; he was a beach boy through-in-through.

He returned to Virginia Beach after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and started his banking career. At the time, Mayor Sessoms also became heavily involved in the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.

He married Bev Martin in 1977, and the two started a family.

Mayor Sessoms began his political career in 1988 as an at-large member of City Council. In 1992, his fellow council members selected him to be Vice Mayor, a position he held for 10 years. He was elected Mayor in 2008, and re-elected in 2012.

Following a 35-year career in banking, Mayor Sessoms retired as President/CEO of Towne Financial Services Group in 2014.

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Don Weeks (I)

(Information courtesy of http://www.donweeksformayor.com/)

_dsc3180I love the Beach. From the sun, surf and sand to the wildlife preserves, nature trails and parks, it has been a great place to live and raise my four children. However, I am concerned about its future. Current leadership is focused on large-scale, expensive development at the expense of meeting the needs of citizens. That reality needs to change. I want a chance at doing just that.

I believe taxpayers want to invest where we get the greatest return on our monies. Good schools are a powerful economic development force. We need to maintain, even improve their quality. Raising class sizes and delaying building improvements, which has happened, is unacceptable. Let’s commit to putting children first — over light rail, hotels and an arena. Let’s also commit to attracting better paying jobs and instituting realistic, affordable transportation improvements.

George Furman III (I)

According to the State Board of Elections, George Furman III was an at-large candidate for the Virginia Beach City Council in 2014 and also ran for council in 2010.