Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett is a retired General Foreman at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation. He also served in the United States Navy and on the boards of several community service organizations. Bennett served as the Chairman of the Suffolk Economic Development Authority from 1987 to1994 and was a member of the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Commissioners from 1994 to 1996. He has been a member of the Suffolk City Council since 1996 and served as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2006. He currently serves on the city’s Finance and Public Safety Committees . He is a Deacon at East End Baptist Church. 
Bennett seeks to increase the number of businesses and jobs in Suffolk .
Bennett aims to lower taxes and utility costs for Suffolk residents .
Bennett wants to increase funding for education .
Bennett has cited lowering crime rates as a priority .
Bennett aims to increase internet access in rural areas and lower traffic congestion .
Hampton Roads Chamber Suffolk Division; Hampton Roads Realtors Association