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Hon. Levar Stoney
Mayor of Richmond
Hon. Levar Stoney

Mayor of Richmond

Levar M. Stoney was sworn in as Richmond's 80th Mayor on Dec. 31, 2016. He is the youngest mayor ever elected to serve the city.
Mayor Stoney was raised in Virginia by his grandmother and his father, a custodian. A product of Virginia public schools, he grew up on the free and reduced lunch program and was the first in his family to earn a high school diploma. He went on to graduate from James Madison University before moving to Richmond to begin a career in public service, which started as a Governor’s Fellow in former Governor Mark Warner’s administration.
Mayor Stoney participated in the prestigious Minority Political Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2006 and became the political director of the Democratic Party of Virginia that same year. He quickly rose to become executive director, then serving as the youngest leader of a state Democratic Party in the country and at a most transformative time for the state, which led to President Obama's historic Virginia and national victory in 2008.
Mayor Stoney went on to serve as the deputy campaign manager for Terry McAuliffe's successful gubernatorial campaign in 2013 and became the first African-American Secretary of the Commonwealth and youngest member of Governor McAuliffe's cabinet.
While serving in Governor McAuliffe’s administration, he led the transformation of Virginia’s civil and voting rights restoration process, restoring more rights than any other state in the nation and more than the past seven Virginia administrations combined.
Following his historic election as mayor in 2016, Mayor Stoney initiated a number of long-term improvement projects aimed at building “One Richmond.” His first budget doubled support for the Office of Community Wealth Building, while his second and most recent budget included $150 million for new school construction, other new and increased investments in Richmond Public Schools (RPS) and increased investments in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Richmond Police Department. He launched RVA Green 2050 and issued a mayoral directive protecting rights of all immigrants in the City of Richmond.
Mayor Stoney created and sponsored meaningful programs for RPS students and Richmond youth, including an Education Compact responsible for identifying and remedying obstacles facing Richmond youth. He worked to ensure all RPS students are provided access to vision screenings and corrective eyewear, in addition to establishing a public-private partnership providing students with access to wireless technology critical to their success in school.
During his term, Mayor Stoney and the City of Richmond have earned significant accolades. Richmond has been named the #2 Top Place Millennials are Moving by Time Magazine, one of the South's Best Cities by Southern Living and a Top 5 rising U.S. City where homeownership is affordable by Curbed.com.
The Richmond Times Dispatch recognized Mayor Stoney as Person of the Year in 2016 and he was named a Politico Rising Star in 2017. He was also one of just four U.S. mayors selected to the 2018 class of Daniel Rose Land Use Fellows.
Mayor Stoney serves on a number of civic and community boards, including the VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board, Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation 2019 Commemoration, among others. He is also a proud member of Richmond Crusade for Voters and the NAACP.

Michael Gilbert
Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
Michael Gilbert

Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond

Michael Gilbert is running for Mayor of Richmond on a simple slogan and focus: Unity Through Community. He has over 15-years of experience at the Federal, state, and local government levels; as well as in private industry, both large and small. A current professor of economics at VCU, Michael is also the former City Economist, overseeing the General Fund revenue portfolio of $780MM when he was 25. He has also served on the Parks & Rec Advisory Board for the 7th district and was named Top 40 Under 40 for his work with RideRichmond and the City's Workforce Development Program. Michael holds an M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University.

Hon. Kim Gray
Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
Hon. Kim Gray

Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond

Kim Gray was elected to Richmond City Council in 2016 representing the 2nd Voter District and sworn in on January 3, 2017. Previously she served two terms as the district’s School Board Representative from 2009-2017. As an elected official, she has been a strong and consistent advocate for greater transparency and accountability in City government and schools.

Kim is a member of City Council’s Public Safety and Land Use, Housing and Transportation Committees. She represents Richmond on PlanRVA (formerly the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission) and the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

In 2003, after years of involvement with nonprofits and civic organizations, Kim was appointed by Governor Mark Warner to help implement his innovative Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS) initiative. Kim’s work on behalf of Virginia’s communities continued with an appointment in the administration of Governor Tim Kaine.

Kim is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Metro Richmond and the 2010 class of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. In 2012, she was selected to serve as Chair of the Southside Region of the Virginia School Boards Association.

Kim Gray was educated in Richmond’s public schools and is a longtime resident of the City’s Jackson Ward neighborhood. Each of her seven children attend or have graduated from Richmond public schools.

Justin Griffin
Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
Justin Griffin

Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond

Justin Griffin is running for mayor of Richmond because he believes we deserve better. Justin is a small business lawyer with an accounting degree and a minor in economics. He started his own law practice in the city where he helps people start and run small businesses. He has worked with over 500 small businesses across Virginia. He is not a politician but decided to run for office because he was tired of seeing our elected officials fail our people in every way, whether that be the school system, basic services, or a lack of jobs and opportunities. He lives south of the river with his wonderful wife Alexandra.

Tracey McLean
Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
Tracey McLean

Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond

Tracey McLean is a native of Richmond, a mother, a wife, and a business owner; She has deeply rooted in her community as well as her faith. Tracey has grown up attending the Richmond Public School system, so she knows firsthand some of the challenges that the school system still faces. Tracey McLean is a member of such groups as the NAACP, Women in Film and television, Metropolitan Business League, Humane Society, and BMI. Tracey Mclean is also an award-winning author and talk show host. She has written a series of books, produced & filmed tv shows, manage artists, and host a radio talk and Tv show. Tracey McLean has been a woman of many hats, and she makes it a point to speak and stand for Change! Tracey feels that due to the current state of our city, we must act swiftly and vigorously. Standing together, healing together, and becoming a cohesive community. Tracey thinks that it is time to change the narrative and become the author of our own story as a community while bridging the gap.

Alexsis Rodgers
Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
Alexsis Rodgers

Candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond

Alexsis Rodgers is a civic leader, organizer, policy director, and champion for proactive and progressive leadership. She currently is the Virginia state director for Care in Action, the policy and advocacy home for two million women domestic workers, and is the former president of the Virginia Young Democrats. For the past eight years, Rodgers has been on the front lines advocating for economic security, voting rights, college affordability, and quality health care; playing a key role in achieving Medicaid expansion and increasing birth control access during her time at Planned Parenthood in Richmond. Rodgers is a VCU grad and avid Rams basketball fan.