VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms is endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Sessoms is the sixth mayor in Hampton Roads to endorse McAuliffe, following Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Hampton Mayor Molly Ward, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright and Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson.
McAuliffe’s campaign said this is the first time in Sessoms’ more than 20 years in public service in the city he has endorsed a Democratic candidate.
"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 officially announced the endorsement alongside McAuliffe and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim in Virginia Beach while touring the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center.
Chris LaCivita, Senior Strategist for the Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign released the following statement:
“Terry McAuliffe has made a career of buying politicians with big promises, and a wink and nod. This was demonstrated just the other day whenMcAuliffe lost a major pro-business group’s endorsement, yet dispatched allies for behind the scenes arm-twisting, threats and bullying. We don’t know what Terry McAuliffe promised Will Sessoms, but one thing Ken Cuccinelli will never do is sell out the middle class – or his office.”
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