Six candidates for mayor in Richmond spent a combined $2.2 million on the race.
The biggest spender was not the winner: Former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry's expenditures on the race through Dec. 1 topped $1 million. He came in second place with 34 percent of the vote.
With the election a little less than a month behind them, most of Richmond’s former mayoral candidates are planning a quiet return to private life.
Jack Berry, who placed second in the race behind Mayor-elect Levar Stoney, said he would not seek a job in Stoney’s administration — a possibility some of his supporters have encouraged both him and Stoney to pursue.
After a tense day of waiting for absentee returns to be counted, Levar Stoney formally became Richmond’s mayor-elect Wednesday evening.
Stoney had come out of election night winning the race — an unexpected outcome for the 35-year-old former secretary of the commonwealth and veteran aide to Gov. Terry McAuliffe who had polled in third place heading into the election.
Former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry joined Joseph D. Morrissey on Thursday in criticizing their mutual opponent in the mayoral race, Levar Stoney, for his recently revealed role in the latest stadium negotiations.
“What we don’t need is a candidate who failed to remove himself or even disclose his involvement after announcing his intention to run for mayor, meanwhile working to influence the outcome behind closed doors,” Berry said in a statement.
Richmond mayoral candidate Levar Stoney participated in behind-the-scenes negotiations surrounding the latest stadium talks as recently as last week, his campaign said Wednesday.
Stoney’s ongoing involvement in high-level regional negotiations concerning the city — first disclosed Tuesday — emerged as an unexpected wrinkle 20 days ahead of the election, and it remains unclear whether it will prove to be an asset or a liability for Stoney as he works to pull out of third place in the seven-way race.
Mayoral candidates in Richmond jostled to respond Tuesday to the latest development in the region’s long-running ballpark saga — specifically whether the city should contribute financially to help construct the stadium.
Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, the front-runner in the race, held a news conference in front of the gates to The Diamond, where he unequivocally declared he would oppose any city funding for such a project.
Former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry raised more cash than former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney for the first time last month.
In campaign finance reports filed with the state Monday, Berry reported collecting $160,759 in donations in September.
The first and only televised debate of the Richmond mayoral campaign Monday yielded unusually sharp exchanges between the five candidates invited to participate.
The event’s moderators, WWBT anchors Curt Autry and Diane Walker along with WCVE news director Craig Carper, teed the night off by asking former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey to respond to a recent attack ad launched by City Council President Michelle Mosby.
All the candidates for mayor in Richmond have pledged to make fixing the city’s troubled school system a priority, but so far, they’ve laid out very different approaches to the most contentious aspect of such a turnaround: paying for it.
Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, who has led recent polls, proposes dedicating 40 to 44 cents of the city’s $1.20 real estate tax rate to schools. He said the money would go into a “lock box,” and only the school system would be able to touch it.
Joseph D. Morrissey is maintaining his lead in the Richmond mayor’s race, but nearly 4 in 10 likely voters have not decided who they will support just weeks before Election Day, according to new poll results released Saturday by business group ChamberRVA.
In the poll of 1,850 likely voters, 20 percent of respondents citywide supported Morrissey, 17 percent supported Jack Berry, and 15 percent favored Levar Stoney.