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VaNews for 2012 Richmond City Mayor (At Large) - Regular General

Challengers raising big bucks in Richmond council races

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The latest campaign finance reports for Richmond's City Council races show challengers in some tightly contested races rapidly raising money on the way to the Nov. 6 elections. Challengers in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 9th districts all outraised their incumbent opponents from July 1 through Aug. 31, though most of the incumbents still retain an advantage in cash on hand. Campaign finance reports were due Sept. 15.

VaNews September 21, 2012

Redskins to Boost Richmond Economy by $8.5 Million? Not Really

By SCOTT BASS, Style Weekly

With the Washington Redskins' new star quarterback taking the NFL by storm, it's easy to get excited about the team's decision to move its training camp to Richmond next year. But as Mayor Dwight Jones and City Council begin discussions about how to pay for the camp's facilities — about $9 million to $10 million — be wary of the promise that millions of dollars will come along with the team to ripple through the local economy.

VaNews September 19, 2012

Four Questions for Richmond mayoral candidate Mike Ryan


Michael K. Ryan Jr. really wants to run for mayor. Why else would he have spent the last three months wrangling with city registrar J. Kirk Showalter and knocking on doors, trying to prove he's collected the 500 legitimate voters' signatures he needs to be placed on the ballot? The registrar announced Monday her decision that Ryan would not make the ballot because, according to Ryan, he was "supposedly eight signatures short." He and attorneys Paul Goldman and Joe Morrissey, who have been helping Ryan's efforts, planned to go back to court to get those signatures recognized.

VaNews September 12, 2012

Richmond mayoral hopeful wins ballot spot against Jones

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

After months of legal wrangling by a self-admitted long-shot candidate, Mayor Dwight C. Jones will have a challenger this fall. A Richmond Circuit Court judge ordered the city's voter registrar Monday afternoon to place Michael K. Ryan Jr.'s name on the Nov. 6 ballot, ending a nearly three-month battle by Ryan to get a review of the signatures on his candidate petitions, many of which he and his legal team argued were incorrectly dismissed by the registrar in June.

VaNews September 11, 2012

Mayoral candidate faces weekend wait on ballot issue

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A Richmond mayoral candidate who has waged a three-month legal battle to get his name on the ballot got a court-ordered review of his petitions Friday afternoon by the voter registrar. However, real estate agent Michael K. Ryan Jr. will likely have to wait until Monday before he finds out whether his name will appear opposite Mayor Dwight C. Jones when voters head to the polls Nov. 6.

VaNews September 10, 2012

Richmond mayoral candidate will get review

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

In another legal reversal for state and local election officials attempting to enforce a policy barring appeals for candidates who fail to qualify for the ballot, a judge on Wednesday ordered the city's voter registrar to review the signatures on the petitions for a Richmond real estate agent who is running for mayor. By the end of the day Friday, Richmond Registrar J. Kirk Showalter must meet with Michael K. Ryan Jr. to determine whether signatures on his nominating petitions were incorrectly disqualified, preventing his name from appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot. If he makes the ballot, Ryan will be the only challenger for Mayor Dwight C. Jones in his bid for a second term.

VaNews September 6, 2012

Richmond needs $10 million for Redskins training facility

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones says he has two "very good" sites for the Washington Redskins to bring their training camp next summer — City Stadium or behind the Science Museum of Virginia. Now, the city has to find $9 million to $10 million to build the facilities the NFL franchise expects at one of the sites by July.

VaNews August 31, 2012

Richmond Mayor lays out plans to redevelop public housing projects

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

More than 140 people showed up Tuesday night to hear a presentation from Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority CEO Adrienne Goolsby on the early stages of a plan to replace two major East End public housing communities with a mixed-income development. The meeting at Armstrong High School was the first in a planned series of efforts to seek community involvement in plans to redevelop Creighton and Whitcomb courts, which together total more than 950 units.

VaNews August 15, 2012

Richmond Mayor: One-man race

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

It's a credit, somewhat, to incumbent Dwight Jones that he will face no opponent in this year's race for mayor of Richmond. But he also has enjoyed some unusually good luck. Rick Tatnall, a Church Hill civic activist, dropped out of the race after his political involvement interfered with his other pursuits. Two other declared candidates failed to collect a sufficient number of valid signatures to get on the ballot. They still have (slim) chances as write-ins.

VaNews June 27, 2012

Richmond mayor is unopposed in election

By ROBERT ZULLO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Eight candidates in Richmond's city elections failed to collect enough signatures to make the ballot, meaning that this year's race for mayor, as well as races for two City Council seats and two School Board seats, will be essentially uncontested. Dwight C. Jones, elected to his first term in 2008, will be the lone name on the ballot in the Nov. 6 election for city mayor.

VaNews June 25, 2012