• Levar Stoney says the state is shortchanging Richmond Public Schools

    Earlier this month mayoral hopeful Levar Stoney released a 10-point, 6-page plan for “Transforming Public Education & Strengthening Our Schools.” UR professor Thad Williamson, former director of the Office of Community Wealth Building and an advisor on the plan, described it to Mark Robinson at Richmond Magazine as “the first detailed stab at what role the mayor can play in improving public education, given that the mayor doesn’t control the schools in the city system.” I recently sat down with Stoney at one of our neighborhood bakeries for pie and conversation about what the mayor can do for the city’s schools and where the money can come from.

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  • Homebuilders' Endorsement

    “A regional trade association representing more than 470 real estate developers and professionals on Wednesday announced it is backing Levar Stoney’s campaign for Richmond mayor...In a release, the Home Building Association of Richmond’s Multi-Family Housing Council lauded Stoney as the candidate most capable of hiring a strong administration that will work with Richmond City Council and the Richmond School Board to ‘move Richmond forward'...The endorsement comes days after the former secretary of the commonwealth received the backing of 32BJ Service Employees International Union, an arm of an international labor union with members in nine states.”

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  • Apartment developers endorse Stoney in Richmond mayoral race

    “A group representing area apartment developers endorsed Richmond mayoral candidate Levar Stoney on Wednesday...The group, the Multi-family Housing Council, a subgroup of the Home Building Association of Richmond, said they support Stoney because they believe he will be able to bring the private, public and nonprofit sectors together to move the city forward.”

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  • Labor Union Backs Stoney

    "An arm of an international labor union announced Monday it has endorsed the local campaign of Richmond mayoral candidate Levar Stoney...32BJ Service Employees International Union praised Stoney’s role in job creation and the restoration of felons’ voting rights while serving as secretary of the commonwealth in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration, according to a release."

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  • Stoney's Education Platform

    "Thad Williamson, a University of Richmond professor and former director of the city’s Office of Community Wealth Building [said] the document is 'a good start' at moving the conversation about city schools from generally agreed upon problems toward identifying specific solutions...'What’s interesting about this is, at least to my knowledge, it's the first detailed stab at what role the mayor can play in improving public education...'"

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  • Punch Drunk: Beer With Levar Stoney

    "Stoney [said] he’s running behind because he’s been knocking on doors on the North Side. I should mention that it’s 94 degrees outside...The main issue that Stoney has on his mind is poverty, and he seems to be basing his campaign around it. He says the biggest problem Richmond faces is 'confidence in our public schools, which is related to poverty'...The guy knows what people want to hear...Finally, in an attempt to be funny or maybe just confuse him, I look him in the eye and seriously ask, 'Levar, who will cut the grass?' He returns my stare and says in an almost Terminator-like voice, 'Jack, I will cut the grass.' What can I say? He’s good." 

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  • A Challenge: Earn Their Vote

    There is no political debate here, just Republican objection to moral conviction.

    On July 19, the Virginia Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments challenging Governor McAuliffe’s historic order restoring the civil and voting rights to more than 220,000 Virginians. No one understands how important of a step forward this was for Virginia than me. Not only was I the architect of the restoration of rights order as Secretary of the Commonwealth, but I am also the son of a former offender.

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  • Stoney says watching Richmond's struggles moved him to run for mayor

    “'I started to see some of the infrastructure failures, whether it’s the streets or the schools, and I’ve always been one of those guys who’s been like, ‘You know what, either you’re going to complain about it or you’re going to jump in the arena.'...Stoney said the rights restoration shows he has the conviction necessary to take on a huge, important task...'When I look at City Hall, I see a place that is in need of a person that is going to motivate from the top down, inspire from the top down, and get the job done'...'I think what some people miss is this election is a whole lot more about who can transform the city than just qualifications. When I was executive director of the Democratic Party, I recruited, hired and managed a team of nearly 100 people. We got President Obama elected in 2008. I think that’s management experience right there.'”

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  • Meet Levar Stoney: A Mayoral Contender

    "This race is about more than qualifications. It’s about who will transform City Hall, and thus, the city. It’s about who has an optimistic, forward-looking vision. It’s about who is willing to bring Richmond into the 21st Century and think about what the city looks like 30 years from now. We’re in an Xbox era, but there are people in government still using Ataris...We cannot run government the same way it was run 20 years ago and obsess on why we can’t do things. We need to embrace innovation and new ideas. I’m the eternal optimist – and I know that Richmond is ready for a change."

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  • Field Notes: Stoney's Start

    "Del. Marcia Price, a Democrat who represents Newport News in the state legislature, offered a brief introduction of the candidate. 'We know Levar is the only choice,' she said to the crowd’s approving applause. She finished, 'Richmond needs Levar Stoney'...[Stoney's] campaign quickly differentiated itself with its hiring of staffers with national and state campaign experience, and its orchestrated online blitz using social media and email solicitations...Assisting the pros is a growing stable of interns and volunteers. Last weekend, 14 people joined Stoney for a 'day of action' canvassing neighborhoods in four districts across the city. The group knocked on 450 doors, the campaign’s spokesperson said, and a similar effort is planned for the first weekend in June."

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