Former Delegate Joe Morrissey to run in Richmond’s 2016 mayoral race

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Thursday, Former Delegate Joe Morrissey announced that he is running in the 2016 Richmond mayoral race.

Morrissey said his main priority is the school system and getting full accreditation for all of the city’s schools. He also said he will focus on economic development and anti-poverty actions.

Morrissey joins an already crowded field running for mayor.

Candidates that have already announced their intent to run include former Councilman Bruce Tyler, City Council President Michelle Mosby, community strategist Lillie Estes, Richmond Public Schools teacher Chad Ingold and activist Rick Tatnall. Venture Richmond’s Executive Director Jack Berry has hinted at a mayoral announcement, resigning from his position last week after 18 years on the job.


On April 6, all the candidates will take center stage in the Richmond Mayoral Forum at Virginia Union University. It will be moderated by Dr. Robert Holsworth, Former Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences and Wilder School Faculty Member and L. Douglas Wilder, the 66th Governor of Virginia. The Mayoral Forum begins at 7 p.m. at Coburn Hall in the Allix B. James Chapel.  There will be opportunities for brief questions from the audience. It is free and open to the public.

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