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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Richmond Crusade for Voters voted Tuesday night to support Joe Morrissey for mayor, giving the candidate his first endorsement from a prominent area political group.
The Crusade was established in 1956 with the goal of “increasing effective black participation in Richmond’s political process,” and currently has about 100 members.
A former member of the House of Delegates formed a political action committee last week that plans to campaign against Richmond mayoral hopeful Joseph D. Morrissey.
Albert C. Pollard represented the Northern Neck at the same time as Morrissey, a fellow Democrat, represented parts of Henrico County, Richmond and Charles City County.