Apr 18, 2024 - News

A political newcomer is outraising everyone in the Richmond mayor race

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Harrison Roday, a first-time candidate vying for Richmond mayor, has raised more money than any other person running for local office in Virginia this year.

The big picture: That's according to an Axios analysis of campaign finance reports out this week, which show him raising nearly six times as much as Andreas Addison and 6.5 times more than Michelle Mosby — two other Richmond mayoral candidates.

By the numbers: More than half of Roday's $365,822 comes from 10 of his former colleagues at a New York-based private equity firm, where he worked until 2022.

  • Each of them donated $20,000.
  • Roughly 61% of donations over $100 were from out of state. About 20% were from Richmond.

Roday's other major donors so far:

  • Thomas McInerney, CEO of Genworth Financial: $40,000
  • Jim Ukrop, former chairman and CEO of Ukrop's: $25,000

Addison received $62,260 in donations.

  • $16,500 of that was a transfer from his City Council re-election committee.
  • Nearly 80% of the $100-plus donations are from Virginia. About half were from Richmond residents.

Mosby received $55,903.

  • About $42,000 were in-kind donations, or donated services.
  • Nearly all were from the Richmond area. About 65% were from Richmond.

Between the lines: Other mayoral candidates Maurice Neblett and Bridgette Whitaker did not report any donations.

  • Neither did Danny Avula because he announced his campaign last week after the first reporting window, which records from January to March.
  • He raised over $100,000 the day he filed to run, per his campaign.

Flashback: At this time in the last mayoral election in 2020, Mayor Stoney had raised $146,856 for his re-election campaign, per the Virginia Public Access Project.

  • About 80% were from Virginia. Of those 20% were from Richmond.
  • 13% were from Washington, D.C.
  • He went on to raise more than $1.1 million.
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