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Anti-Morrissey PAC funding Mosby's attack ad

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 18, 2016


Richmond mayoral hopefuls debate city's criminal justice system

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

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.

VaNews October 14, 2016


At forum, Richmond mayoral hopefuls hear from millennials

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 14, 2016


Richmond mayoral candidates talk art and culture and its role in the city

By LOUIS LLOVIO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 12, 2016


In first attack ad of campaign, Mosby says she wouldn't trust Morrissey with her daughter

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 12, 2016


Morrissey says he now favors altering — not removing — Jefferson Davis statue

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 12, 2016


Morrissey campaign manager says white former delegate would be Richmond's 'real first black mayor'

By NED OLIVER AND GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 11, 2016


Meet the ex-convict leading the mayor’s race in Richmond, Va.

By DANIEL DALE, Toronto Star

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.

VaNews October 11, 2016


Anne Holton endorses Levar Stoney for mayor of Richmond

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for vice president, is endorsing Levar Stoney for mayor of Richmond. Holton and Stoney previously worked together in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Cabinet. Holton was secretary of education and Stoney was secretary of the commonwealth.

VaNews October 11, 2016


With elections looming, Richmond school system pushes for action on funding before end of year

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Public officials and education advocates in Richmond have fresh — and extremely unpleasant — memories of the long budget battle that unfolded in May. The process played out over three consecutive days of City Council deliberations, included multiple rallies and marches in and around City Hall, and culminated in 76 parents, teachers and students lining up at a final hearing to plead for more cash.

VaNews October 7, 2016