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.
The political action committee founded to oppose former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey's mayoral campaign is collaborating with one of his opponents to continue broadcasting a pointed attack ad that began airing last week.
The PAC's founder, Albert Pollard, wouldn't say how much money the committee is putting behind the radio spot, which was originally written and voiced by City Council President Michelle Mosby, who is among seven candidates in the race.
The moderator called them “invisible communities.”
Six of Richmond’s seven remaining mayoral hopefuls tackled the weighty issues of juvenile justice, incarceration, mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness and incarceration and the people they pin down at a forum Thursday night that drew a crowd of several hundred to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown.
Millennial voters put their questions to Richmond’s mayoral candidates Wednesday night, drawing spirited exchanges between the race’s front-runners.
The forum, sponsored by Virginia Union University’s Student Government Association, drew five candidates from the seven-way race who found common ground on the need to provide more internships for students and improve transit so they could get to jobs.
Six candidates running for mayor tackled the arts’ place in the city at the latest mayoral forum ahead of next month’s election.
Tuesday evening’s forum was centered on how the arts and the arts community play a role in issues that affect the city, including education, business, poverty, diversity and transportation. And it focused on how the arts community is being used to promote the city and what can be done to make that community stronger.
Richmond City Council President Michelle Mosby took a hard shot at former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey and his reputation as a champion for black voters in the first attack ad of the mayoral campaign, which began airing on local radio stations Tuesday.
“Joe’s the 57-year-old boss who claimed innocence but took an Alford plea for having sex with his employee — a 17-year-old black girl — and then lied about it to keep himself out of jail,” Mosby says in the ad.
Richmond mayoral hopeful Joseph D. Morrissey said he no longer plans to seek the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from Monument Avenue if elected.
Instead, he said he would pursue altering the statue.
Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey’s mayoral campaign faced criticism Monday after a top campaign official was quoted in a Canadian newspaper saying Morrissey would be the “real first black mayor of Richmond.”
If elected, Morrissey, who is white, would follow two popularly elected black mayors, former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and sitting Mayor Dwight C. Jones, as well as seven black mayors appointed by the City Council.
A hothead with a mug shot. Shunned by his city’s political elite. Blunt, unapologetic, quirkily charismatic, frequently dishonest.
Leading a mayoral election, as a white man, on the strength of his unshakable bond with struggling minorities who believe he is the only one fighting for the little guy.
If the Joe Morrissey story sounds familiar, it is. Except that the late Rob Ford had nothing on him.