I probably will not endorse in the Richmond Mayor’s Race. If I were required by law to vote for Mayor of Richmond, I would probably vote for Jack Berry since Jim Ukrop, a hero of mine for running his grocery store with Christian values, likes him. (It appears that Berry supported the downtown stadium in Shockoe Bottom, however, and I do not support that boondoggle.)
But Style Weekly, the great urban alternative newspaper I read frequently, had 300 word or less blurbs from each hopeful (including Bruce Tyler who just dropped out of the race) and these words were in one of the candidate’s blurb (emphasis added by me):
In my administration we will:
• Expand the Mayor’s Youth Academy to employ 1,500 Richmond Public Schools students per summer;
• Enhance community policing to strengthen the bond between our public safety officers and the good people they protect;
• Expand the rapid transit system to include the Jefferson Davis Highway and Chamberlayne Avenue arteries;
• Sell blighted homes to contractors who make new homes available to low-income citizens;
• End foolish giveaways of public money on bike races and breweries and put those millions into our schools;
• Automate city services, saving time and money
So why isn’t Sandy helping this candidate? It’s Joe Morrissey. Now my dear friend Corey Fauconier, Communications Director of the state Libertarian Party, who wants me to run for AG as a Libertarian (I cannot tell you how honored I am to be suggested like that!) is helping Morrissey. He thinks Morrissey is a fighter who will fight for the city.
So I am glad one hopeful is bringing up the issue but I am sorry about who is doing it. (I also like the blighted homes idea and wish Morrissey would go further – look into privatizing the RRHA! The government should not be a slum lord.)
UPDATE and CORRECTION: One “s” too many in one of my “Morrissey’s” Sorry!