Hundreds attend Richmond Mayoral Forum at VUU


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Richmond’s race for the next mayor continues to grow, and on Wednesday, 12 candidates were under one roof for the first time.

They answered questions about their vision for the future of the city from moderators in a forum at Virginia Union University.

The forum came as part of The Wilder Symposium: Race and American Society put on by VUU and The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The mayoral forum got underway inside Coburn Hall in the Allix B. James Chapel, with hundreds filling the building.

One of the moderators is a man who knows what it takes to hold the title — former Richmond Mayor and former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder. Dr. Robert Holsworth, former Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at VCU, also moderated.

Below are the people who participated in the forum:

  • Jonathan T. Baliles
  • Jack Berry
  • Lillie A. Estes
  • Christopher Hilbert
  • Chad Ingold
  • Joseph D. Morrissey
  • Michelle R. Mosby
  • Alan Schintzius
  • Richard S. Tatnall
  • Bruce W. Tyler
  • Lawrence Ellis Williams
  • Brad Froman

Wednesday’s symposium was split into two sessions. Aside from the mayoral forum, there was a morning session participants can attend called “Race & the 2016 National Elections.” Speakers from Virginia and beyond discussed how race is impacting voters and candidates statewide and nationwide.

The morning session was held at the Claude G. Perkins Living & Learning Center at VUU from 10 a.m. until noon.

Both sessions were free and open to the public. Audience members were able to ask questions at both events.

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