Richmond mayoral candidate Levar Stoney picked up an endorsement Tuesday from his former boss -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe. 

"Levar has the experience, leadership and character for the job," said McAuliffe. "He is one of the most dedicated and honorable people I have known in my political career. He will take Richmond to the next level as a hands-on and transparent leader."

Stoney, former secretary of the Commonwealth,  is one of eight candidates running for mayor this November.

"His story is truly inspiring," said McAuliffie. "Raised on free and reduced lunch by his father — a former offender who worked as a custodian — and his grandmother, a domestic laborer, he had instilled in him from a young age the deeply held belief that he could do anything to which he put his mind. Levar was the first in his family to graduate high school and then college."

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 $416,000, while Berry has raised more than $210,000. No other candidate has raised more than $100,000.

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