By David Hylton
Mayoral candidate Levar Stoney "has the fresh vision and experience needed to lead Richmond into a new chapter in our city’s history," Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker said in an endorsement on Thursday.
Stoney, former secretary of the Commonwealth, is one of eight candidates running for mayor this November.
"I've had the privilege of knowing Levar Stoney for more than a decade while he has held multiple leadership roles, including Executive Director at the Democratic Party of Virginia," said Swecker. "He had the respect of his peers, elected officials, activists and members of the community. When there was an problem, he rolled up his sleeves and worked diligently to find solutions."
In a recent poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, Stoney was in fifth place behind candidates Joe Morrissey, Jack Berry, Michelle Mosby and Jon Baliles. Bruce Tyler, Lawrence Williams and Bobby Junes are also on the ballot.
According to vpap.org, Stoney has raised more than $400,000, while Berry has raised more than $200,000. No other candidate has raised more than $75,000.
Richmond's mayoral election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.