Coming as a surprise to no one, former Virginia Delegate Joe Morrissey announced on Thursday,Â at the Satellite Lounge, a bid for Mayor of Richmond. Morrissey said one of his priorities would be full accreditation for all of the city’s schools. He will also focus on economic development and anti-poverty programs.
Morrissey also criticized the current city administration on late Comprehensive Annual Financial Plan saying,
â€œI will hire people who know how to prepare a budget and prepare it on time. I will only employ professionals who would never allow our city to lose its bond rating due to delinquent CAFR reporting; people who will never again produce a budget that doesnâ€™t include a line item for snow removal and leaf pickup,â€ he said.
â€œThere will be no further multiyear agonizing over where to build a baseball field. The field will remain at The Diamond,â€ he added.
Morrissey was arrested in 2014 and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor over his relationship with the teenage receptionist at his law practice, Myrna Pride, aka Myrna Warren. Â He served time in jail, being released during the day to attend the General Assembly session where he represented Richmond as a Delegate. Â The couple is now engaged and have two children, one born last week. Â Morrissey has a been jailed or arrested numerous times.Â
It’s a crowded field in the race for Mayor of Richmond. Â From the Richmond Times-Dispatch,
Five other candidates have announced their intention to run for mayor: Council President Michelle R. Mosby; community strategist Lillie Estes; Richmond Public Schools teacher Chad Ingold; activist Rick Tatnall; and former City Councilman Bruce Tyler.
In addition, there is a wide field of potential candidates who are flirting publicly with the possibility of a run, including City Council members Jonathan T. Baliles and Chris A. Hilbert; Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney; and Venture Richmond Director Jack Berry.