Meet the candidate: Michelle Mosby

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

City Council President Michelle Mosby has an optimistic take on the state of the city that she’s called home for most of her life.

“Some would want to act like we’re in dire straights, I don’t see it that way,” she told 8News. “I see it as a runway, about to take off.”

“It’s having that dialogue to say, ‘I’m with you, I’m all in.”

Mosby has served two terms as the 9th District representative covering Richmond’s southside. In 2015, she was elected to serve as president.

“We need a proven leader, someone that’s progressive and new, to some degree,” she suggested.

If elected, she says her top priority will be deconcentrating the poverty gripping many Richmond neighborhoods.

“for me, it’s critical that we choose a mayor that understands poverty is not acceptable,” Mosby said.

The realtor and single mom says creating jobs in the city is key, especially for those without college degrees.

“If you don’t finish school, there still has to be an avenue,” she said. “As mayor, I’d create opportunities.

“Even as we look at logistics jobs, that’s great, but I also think that because of where we are we have to look at manufacturing jobs as well.”

As mayor, Mosby says she’s got what it takes to take Richmond to a bright future.

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