Today's Virginian-Pravda reports that Will Sessoms has raised nearly $400,000, more than all other Mayoral candidates combined. http://hamptonroads.com/2008/05/sessoms-has-far-more-cash-rivals-beach-mayors-race
Okay, but The Yes Campaign and Page Lea had a pile of money, too. It's what you do with it, and what you offer voters. On the one hand, given Sessoms' record on Council previously, he'd be a disaster as Mayor. On the other hand, his pro-light rail stance promises to build Virginia Beach the transit system it needs. Should he win, I stand ready to help him (and others) on that. Before someone accuses me of selling out, let me make it clear: Will Sessoms will not get the Avenging Archangel endorsement, based on his record on City Council previously. (Then, neither will Don Weeks or John Moss.)
Meyera has raised only a little money, but has mucho name recognition. In this field, she could possibly win on a "lesser of evils" vote.
I want to hear much more out of Scott Taylor. If he can articulate more for blue collar Virginia Beach beyond workforce housing (on his website), I might support him.
Why is Don Weeks closing his two PACs? That only makes sense if you're going to withdraw, but Weeks says he's in.
Finally, I got to read a couple of the illegally-posted John Moss bumper stickers coming home from work today:
1. The slogan is "Lower The Food Tax". Granted, Virginia Beach has one of the highest in the country. However, you can't run a race with that as your central issue. Brian Kirwin refers to "kitchen table issues"; how many families fret at the kitchen table about the tax on a Whopper?
2. It gave his website address http://www.moss4mayor.com/ Still under construction. However, he polls on roads three ways, but never mentions mass transit. Does he think we can asphalt our way out of our Transportation problems?
Finally, please don't tell me RK is running again.
Bottom line: it's Meyera's race to lose.