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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


Morrissey denounces Times-Dispatch columnist, ex-congressman

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

Richmond mayoral front-runner Joseph D. Morrissey held a news conference at his law office Wednesday to condemn a Richmond Times-Dispatch opinion column that described Morrissey as “having an enduring appeal to the city’s underclass.” Written by political columnist Jeff E. Schapiro, the column in Wednesday’s newspaper drew heavily on an interview with former congressman Tom Bliley, who helped advocate for the establishment of the strong-mayor form of government in 2003 and said he is concerned that Morrissey’s election would make the city a “laughingstock.”

VaNews October 6, 2016


Anti-Morrissey movement grows heading into final month of Richmond mayoral race

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

Former councilman Chuck Richardson called a news conference Monday to denounce the Richmond Crusade for Voters’ decision to endorse mayoral candidate Joseph D. Morrissey. The same day, a candidate for Richmond City Council began promoting a “Just not Joe” campaign — the second council candidate in recent weeks to come out publicly against Morrissey.

VaNews October 4, 2016


Realtors' poll shows Morrissey still has lead, but Berry and Stoney gaining ground

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

Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey is maintaining a strong lead in the Richmond mayoral race, but former Venture Richmond director Jack Berry and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney have both gained ground over the past month, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Richmond Association of Realtors. The survey of 600 likely voters found that Morrissey saw a slight bump citywide from 28 percent of the vote in mid-August to 29 percent in the latest survey, which was conducted Sept. 17 to Sept. 21.

VaNews September 28, 2016


In Virginia’s capital, a political ‘bad boy’ upends race for mayor

By PAUL SCHWARTZMAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

RICHMOND — As he listened to two African American teenagers complain about their decaying high school, the front-runner in this city’s race for mayor pointed to a photo of his wife and children in his campaign brochure. “These are my kids,” Joe Morrissey said, his finger on the image of the two babies as he greeted voters outside a supermarket. “I don’t want them going to a school with mold and no AC. That’s why I’m running.”

VaNews September 28, 2016


Former Councilman Bruce Tyler drops out of Richmond mayoral race; cites concerns about Morrissey victory

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

Former Richmond Councilman Bruce Tyler said Tuesday he is dropping out of the city's mayoral race, bringing the field of candidates down to seven. "Today, I find that I might actually hurt our city by diluting the vote," he said. "The unintended consequence of continuing my campaign could potentially ensure a victory for Joe Morrissey, whose values are so far apart from my own."

VaNews September 28, 2016


Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey calls for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

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

Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey waded into the simmering debate over public memorials to the Confederacy on Monday, announcing that one of his first actions as Richmond mayor would be to pursue removing the Jefferson Davis statue from Monument Avenue. “The Jefferson Davis statue is a political statue that glorified a failed political organization and championed a cause — slavery — that all Americans now find abhorrent,” he said.

VaNews September 27, 2016


Race for mayor: Read the transcript from the RTD debate

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

The Times-Dispatch invited the eight candidates for mayor of Richmond to the Library of Virginia for a two-hour debate on the evening of Sept. 15. All the candidates accepted and an overflow crowd turned out for the event, our 66th Public Square. Today, in a special, expanded Commentary section, we present a transcript of the debate to help voters prepare for the election, which is Nov. 8.

VaNews September 26, 2016


As Jack Berry focuses on basics in campaign for mayor, emails reveal depth of advocacy for Shockoe stadium

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

As he transitions from nonprofit director to mayoral candidate, former Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry hasn’t been shy about deriding the administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones as “dysfunctional” and overly focused on “shiny projects.” But Berry struck a very different tone in hundreds of emails he exchanged with top city officials as he worked to advance Jones’ controversial proposal to build a baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom.

VaNews September 26, 2016