Mar 27, 2024 - News

The candidates running to be Richmond's next mayor

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Richmond voters will elect their next mayor in November.

Why it matters: It's the top position in city government.

Fun fact: Richmond hasn't had a non-Black mayor since Sen. Tim Kaine over 20 years ago. The city has also never had a Black woman mayor.

These are the candidates, in alphabetical order, who have publicly announced a campaign or filed to run.

Andreas Addison

Addison has represented the 1st District on City Council since 2017. He's focused on safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians and improving public transportation.

Key issues per his site:

  • Neighborhoods centered around safety, transit, walkability, green spaces and small businesses.
  • Closing the life expectancy gap impacting Black and lower-income residents.
  • Deliver quality education, health care access and economic stability.

Danny Avula

Avula is the former commissioner of the Department of Social Services who led Virginia's COVID vaccination campaign under Gov. Northam and was the director of Richmond and Henrico's health districts.

  • It's his first time running for political office.

Key issues per his site:

  • Investing in schools.
  • Keeping City Hall accountable.
  • Making neighborhoods safer, walkable and bikeable and more climate-resilient.

Michelle Mosby

Mosby was the first Black woman to serve as City Council president in 2015 and represented the 9th District until running for mayor in 2016.

Key issues per her site:

  • Create a team dedicated to expediting affordable housing projects.
  • Secure funding for mental health crisis teams and to recruit new police officers.
  • Review taxes and regulations that hurt the growth of businesses.

Maurice Neblett

Neblett is a Virginia Union graduate, former RPS student and a community organizer. It's his first time running for office.

Key issues per his site:

  • Creating an online platform that breaks down the city's budget.
  • Supporting independent oversight of law enforcement.
  • Increased public school funding.

Harrison Roday

Roday is the founder of nonprofit Bridging Virginia, which provides loans to small business owners. It's his first time running for office.

His site doesn't list key issues, but he told RVA Mag that he's focused on:

  • Growing the supply of housing.
  • Improving the management of City Hall.
  • Retaining RPS teachers.

Bridgette Whitaker

Whitaker is a housing advocate who has worked with Blessing Warriors RVA, a faith-based outreach group helping residents experiencing homelessness.

Go deeper: Richmond's 2024 City Council candidates.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with new additions, and to remove people who dropped out.

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