VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A familiar name has joined the race for mayor of Virginia Beach.
Former city councilman Linwood Branch says that he will run for Virginia Beach’s top office.
Branch is a longtime friend of outgoing mayor Will Sessoms and a current member of the city’s development authority.
Branch told 10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox he’s running “because this is a critical point in the city’s history with so much transition. I understand our advances in biomedical, high tech, the need to address flooding.”
Sessoms announced last week that he will step down as mayor on April 30.
“I’ve had conversations with my wife and children. I’ve been doing this a good while … now is the right time to leave,” Sessoms said.
Vice Mayor Louis Jones will likely be the interim mayor in the meantime.
Virginia Delegate Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, has hinted at a possible run, but a victory would mean Democrats would have a chance to take his seat for a 50-50 tie in the Virginia House of Delegates.
A special election for the office will be held on Nov. 6.