Members of the Richmond City Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly Thursday to endorse former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney for mayor.
Party leaders said Stoney won 66 percent of the vote from the 111 registered members who cast paper ballots during a roughly 90-minute meeting. They declined to say how many votes were cast for the other seven mayoral candidates.
"When you do the math on eight candidates and he's gotten 66 percent of the vote, you can do the math on the rest," said Mieko Timmons, the party's vice president of finance.
In a brief speech after the vote count was announced, Stoney, a longtime Democratic operative and aide, thanked his supporters.
"When we win this in November, I want you all to know I'm not going to just be mayor of the city, but a party leader," he said. "And as a party leader, I'm going to be one who always makes sure those who lack a voice - those who have been forgotten - have a voice at the table. Because I firmly believe either you are at the table or you're on the menu, and for far too long, Richmond has been on the menu."
Local elections are officially nonpartisan, and party identification does not appear on the ballot.
Traditionally, city Democrats have promoted their endorsement through mailings and sample ballots distributed at polling places on Election Day.