Linwood O. Branch

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Incumbent

Background

Linwood Branch graduated from Randolph Macon College. Branch currently serves as the owner of Days Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront [1, 2]. Branch served on the Virginia Beach City Council from 1992 to 2002 and was appointed to the current council in 2021 to fill the seat vacated by James Wood [1, 5, 6].

Branch has previously served on the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Virginia Beach Development Authority, Hampton Roads Transportation District Commission, City Landscaping Committee and Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission. Branch currently serves as Council Liaison to the Process Improvement Committee, Bayfront Advisory Committee, Resort Advisory Commission, Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Advertising Advisory Committee, Open Space Committee and the Virginia Aquarium [1, 6].

Branch has been President of the Sandler Center Foundation for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach Hotel Association, Resort Retailers Association, and Virginia Beach Police Foundation . Branch was selected as Outstanding Young Citizen by the Jaycees in 1994 and First Citizen of Virginia Beach in 2007 [1].

Key Issues

Law Enforcement

Branch supports the police force and wants to increase salary and incentives for them. He has served on law enforcement support groups, including the Friends of the Mounted Patrol and the Second Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee. Branch has also served as President of the Virginia Beach Police Foundation [1, 6].

Water

Branch supports funding flood mitigation projects. He wants these projects to be completed within budget and with transparency [1, 9].

Community

Branch wants the Virginia Beach community to discuss issues face to face, and he wants the government to work with citizens person to person [1].

Environment

Branch supports funding for the Open Space Program, which supports building a foundation for the outdoor park system. He currently serves as liaison to the Open Space Advisory Committee. He also supports the Agricultural Reserve Program [1, 6].

Economy

Branch supports the installation of overseas data cables and offshore wind to create local jobs [1]. Branch also supports the development of a comprehensive events program and a tourism reinvestment plan funding things such as a new boardwalk, Atlantic Avenue improvements, an Aquarium, Convention Center, and Sports Center [6].

Endorsements

Will Sessoms, former Virginia Beach Mayor

Sources

1 Linwood Branch
2 LinkedIn
3 Virginia Beach Police Foundation
4 The Princess Anne Independent News
5 13 News Now
6 Virginia Beach Government
7 WAVY
8 VPAP
9 The Virginian Pilot