Mar 19, 2024 - News

Former councilman Chris Hilbert says he won't run for Richmond mayor

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Chris Hilbert, a former Northside city councilman for 16 years, has decided not to run for mayor due to time constraints.

Why it matters: Hilbert never officially announced his candidacy, but he was long rumored to be looking at a run in the November election.

As of 2023, Hilbert had raised $31,464, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

"We need someone who is focused on our city, and not looking for a job or to build a resume for their next office."
ā€” Chris Hilbert in a statement Tuesday

Zoom in: In a statement, Hilbert called on voters to support a candidate with experience in government with a vision for public education and safety, "which is not replicated in business."

What's next: More candidates are likely to join the race in the next few months.

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