The Richmond Education Association, which represents city teachers, announced Wednesday that it will endorse Levar Stoney for mayor.
"Seven of the eight mayoral candidates submitted questionnaires and sat for interviews, and while all were even-tempered and knowledgeable, Mr. Stoney stood head and shoulders above the others when it came to understanding the challenges and experiences facing our members on a daily basis," said Charlotte Hayer, the organization's president.
"I truly believe Levar Stoney is the education candidate and will be the education mayor," she said.
On the City Council, the group is endorsing four of five incumbents running for re-election: Chris Hilbert, 3rd District; Parker Agelasto, 5th District; Cynthia Newbille, 7th District; and Reva Trammell, 8th District.
In the 6th District, the group endorsed Donald Moss over sitting Councilwoman Ellen Robertson.
Other newcomers endorsed by the group were: Harry Warner, 1st District; Kim Gray, 2nd District; Kristen Larson, 4th District; and Michael Jones, 9th District. Gray and Larson currently represent the 2nd and 4th districts, respectively, on the Richmond School Board.
Of the new candidates, the group said they found them "energetic in their desire to support students and teachers, yet realistic in their approach to the challenges facing our schools."
On the School Board, the group endorsed incumbent representatives Dawson Boyer, 1st District; Jeff Bourne, 3rd District; and Shonda Harris-Muhammed, 6th District.
The group also endorsed Scott Barlow, 2nd District; Patrick Sapini, 5th District; Nadine Marsh-Carter, 7th District; and Linda Owen, 9th District.
Hayer said the group was unable to agree on a recommendation for the 4th and 8th districts.
Of sitting School Board members, 5th District representative Mamie Taylor was the only one not to win the group's endorsement.
Taylor also was snubbed by the Richmond Realtors Political Action Committee, which endorsed Sapini for the 5th District seat.