Meet the candidates for mayor in three local cities

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side has information on all the local candidates to help you make an informed choice.

Here’s a look at who’s on the ballot for mayor in Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Suffolk:

Portsmouth business owner and retired Navy sailor, Shannon Glover, vows to collaborate with council members the military, and listen to the community.

Cliff Page, also retired military and a sculptor, describes himself as a visionary thinker who supports high-speed public transit
and a third crossing.

Barry Randall says combating Portsmouth’s violent crime rate will be his top priority. He told 10 On Your side more must be done to prevent the city’s African Americans from becoming felons or homeless.

James Sturdevant, a retired businessman, was responsible for $60 million in sales and ran four facilities. He has a vision to bring new businesses to Portsmouth that will provide jobs and revenue.

Virginia Beach voters will also chose a mayor on November 8.

Incumbent Mayor Will Sessoms is running for a third term. He pleadeded “no contest” to a conflict of interest violation in 2015, going back to a vote he made while working for TowneBank. He resigned from the bank in 2014.

Sessoms’ campaign claims that under his leadership, Virginia Beach has been recognized as, “The Best Managed City in America.”

Richard Kowalewitch, a local businessman, is running against Sessoms for a second time. Kowalewitch has historically opposed light rail and questioned the mayor’s votes while he worked for TowneBank.

Candidate Don Weeks, also a small business owner, argues the current leadership is focused on big expensive development at the citizens expense. He wants more investment in schools to and what he calls realistic, affordable transportation improvements.

George Furman III is also listed as a candidate. WAVY News could find no campaign information for him.

In the race for Suffolk mayor, five candidates will appear on the ballot including incumbent Linda Johnson.

Mayor Johnson has served for a decade and works in real estate.

Running against her is retired Navy sailor Kerry Holmes. His campaign website says he has more than 20 years experience in budget planning and funding expertise and a masters degree in public administration. He also led the daily military strategies of execution to support the rescue and successful return of the USS Cole.

Suffolk native Brian Bass says after working in local government three years, he is ready to lead. He wants to increase funding for schools and put money toward public roads, utilities and first responders.

Geral Bishop Staten and Charles Lee Scott are also on the ballot. 10 On Your Side could find little about either of these men — except that Staten has raised just over $3,000 for his campaign. Scott’s official campaign finance report shows he has  $45 cash on hand.

For more information about these and all of the local races, check out our special election page.