By David Hylton
With a little more than three weeks to go until Election Day, the Richmond mayoral race is heating up with debates, forums and attack ads.
This week City Councilwoman Michelle Mosby launched a radio ad attacking former state Del. Joe Morrissey, who has led recent polls.
"Joe’s the 57-year-old boss who claimed innocence but took an Alford plea for having sex with his employee — a 17-year-old black girl — and then lied about it to keep himself out of jail," she said in the ad.
"I wouldn’t trust Joe Morrissey with my daughter, and I’m asking you not to trust him with our city."
In response, Morrissey said he's not going to retaliate. He told Richmond Magazine that Mosby was acting as "an attack dog" on behalf of two other candidates, whom he did not name.
"Finally, although at least one of Morrissey’s opponents is attacking both him and his family personally, Joe will not retaliate and will keep things positive," he said in an email with a new commercial.
The candidates will face off at a Richmond Mayoral Debate on Monday, which will be televised by NBC12 and WCVE and hosted by ChamberRVA.
The free event will be held at the Altria Theater and broadcast live on NBC12, WCVE FM and WCVW-57 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is presented by Altria in partnership with NBC12 and WCVE. It will also streamed live on NBC12.com the NBC12 News and Weather apps and on the NBC12 News Facebook page and rebroadcast at 10 p.m. on WCVE-23 and WHTJ-41 at 10 p.m.
NBC12 News anchors Curt Autry and Diane Walker will serve as moderators along with WCVE News Director Craig Carper.
In addition to Morrissey and Mosby, Jon Balies, Jack Berry and Levar Stoney have all confirmed their participation. Click here for more information.