“Fightin’ Joe” lives to fight again, this time in a primary run against state Sen. Rosalyn Dance ( D-Petersburg). Earlier this week election officials announced that he had qualified to run.
Morrissey said he filed more than twice the 250 signatures needed to qualify and has knocked on 5,000 doors in the district.
The official announcement of a run came last night outside the Satellite Restaurant to a crowd of about 150 people. Morrissey pledged to be focused on constituent services. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“I am not interested in going to parties and festivities. I’m interested in going to work for you,” Morrissey said. “I will never give up. I will never quit. I will do everything in my being to make your lives better.”
He said he’d press for a higher minimum wage, marijuana decriminalization, better bus routes, and sidewalks and school infrastructure for Richmond’s East End and South Side. He also said he’d try to bring more resources to Petersburg, a city he said is regressing and needs a stronger advocate at the statehouse.
More on Morrissey’s run for office and his colorful past here.