What Will the City Look Like With Levar Stoney as Mayor

Levar Stoney is the former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He’s also the former head of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Here’s what he presents to us.

As Mayor he will do a comprehensive evaluation of every department in City Hall, identifying the most efficient and least efficient components of the each department.
He will retain Chief Durham and his community policing, but some other department heads are in for a rude awakening. Once ridden of the fat he will open up opportunities for those who really care about the city and that are determined to work hard to see a better Richmond. As Mayor he will be very visible, regularly attending council meetings and engaging all facets of city hall to be sure that everything is running as well as it should. He will identify the wasteful dollars and channel them into more efficient city services and the schools. He will collaborate with Council and the School Board to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Having grown up in poverty he clearly understands how to bring the two Richmonds together in shared growth personally and professionally. The main areas of focus would be in providing jobs with competitive wages, improving transportation and making affordable housing truly affordable and stable. He will expand on the Office of Community Wealth Building. He will also address the gentrification in the neighborhoods to see that they remain ethnically and economically diverse and protect folks from being forced out of their neighborhoods in which they have been invested in for years.

He will support baseball on the Boulevard and the surrounding development that could embolden the mid town of our City even more. He will continue the growth of Downtown but not with big expensive projects that have left the city with the low end of the stick. He will also focus on the small businesses that nurture our neighborhoods and give them the keys to help sustain their communities. Having already established relationships on the state and local level, regional cooperation will help him secure the necessary funding to help with these endeavors.

Among the concerns with Levar Stoney is his lack of experience running an organization as large as the City of Richmond. His campaign team is made up of mostly people not from this area and it makes you wonder what kind of administration he will put around him. With so many of his campaign dollars coming from outside the city the question will be how much of an influence will they have on his agenda. With so much money taken in he has to be beholden to someone. A bigger concern is whether the Governor will have a big hand in shaping his agenda. Another concern is transparency, in that it was revealed that he had a hand in the negotiations for the new stadium plan of VCU and the Flying Squirrels, that no one knew of.

Levar Stoney’s lack of experience running a municipality won’t hinder him as some think. He has shown the ability to listen earnestly to suggestions and he’ll be cautious in his approach to his agenda. He will focus on the schools and we believe that he will be the one to finally help strengthen education in the City. He believes that a proper education is the key to success in life and he wants all Richmonders to achieve this success. Regional cooperation will be a strength of his administration and he will not do the Governor’s bidding as some think. He’s determined to be his own man. Now with Jon Balilies on his team he has the right advisor that will help him navigate the uncharted waters that he’ll face and the two if them could do dynamic things for this City. People say he’s only using the position as a stepping stone to higher office. Our Vice Presidential candidate used the same tactic and no one said a word. He’s a young man with ambition. That’s not a bad thing. The Mayoral position is not a life long job. If he’s fortunate he’ll get only 8 years to lead this City at which time he’ll still be a young man. We believe that he’s the right man at the right time to finally turn this City around.


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