VIRGINIA BEACH – Mayor Will Sessoms has chosen his candidate of choice in the race for governor, just under a month before the election.
Sessoms endorsed Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie on Thursday afternoon, a move counter to his last gubernatorial endorsement of Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
“Ed Gillespie is the best person to lead Virginia, and I know he will be a strong advocate for Virginia Beach,” Sessoms said in a news release. “He has demonstrated his commitment to our region through his numerous visits here and his plans to grow the economy, improve veterans and military affairs policies, and combat sea level rise and recurrent flooding. I look forward to working with him on behalf of the residents of Virginia Beach.”
A press release from Gillespie’s campaign cited the candidate’s “commitment to Hampton Roads” and the Commonwealth’s economic growth.
“I’m honored to earn the endorsement of Mayor Sessoms,” Gillespie said in the statement. “Virginia Beach’s success is integral to the Commonwealth’s success. We must continue to promote economic growth and serve those Virginians who call the area home. I’ll work with Mayor Sessoms, and all of our local leaders, to advance policies at the state and local levels of government that make life better for all Virginians.”
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