Meet the candidate: Lawrence Williams

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News continues its coverage of the race for Richmond mayor by introducing you to the candidates running for the top spot in the city.

Candidate Lawrence Williams, 63, says he’s hard-wired to be the city’s next mayor.

“Well, believe it or not, I’ve trained all my life to be Mayor of Richmond,” Williams told 8News. “Went to UVA, went to Harvard, I have an architecture degree.”

“To have good communities you need good schools, you need good housing but this candidate also emphasizes you need good amenities so people will want to invest in these neighborhoods.”

This is the third time Williams has run for the city’s top job, and he’s hoping the third time is a charm.

“We need professionals that understand economic development, we need professionals that understand budget issues and we need professionals that know how to pull communities together.”

Williams says he has a great vision for Richmond. He believes the city could be rated the most livable community in the country.

“The beauty of Richmond is that it’s so small that we can actually get it right; we’re not as big as Philadelphia, or Chicago,” Williams said.

Williams believes making communities more desirable would attract people to live in the city and, ultimately, reduce crime.

“To have good communities you need good schools, you need good housing but this candidate also emphasizes you need good amenities so people will want to invest in these neighborhoods,” Williams said.

The architect also says keeping the Flying Squirrels and building a new stadium near the boulevard are right up his alley.

“For example, if you go to my website, this candidate has the competency to actually redesign the Boulevard because I’m trained to do that,” Williams said.

Williams added that Richmond doesn’t need a politician in city hall, but a professional who can move the city forward.

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