RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond lawyer Justin Griffin announced Tuesday that he is ‘seriously exploring’ a run to become Richmond’s next mayor.
Griffin, a small business attorney who lives and operates his own law practice in Richmond, was outspoken against and launched a website opposing current mayor Levar Stoney’s since-killed Navy Hill redevelopment proposal.
Griffin is the second person in as many weeks to announce an expected run for mayor.
Last week, 8News learned Richmond councilwoman Kim Gray also intends to run against Stoney in November.
“I have been getting questions asking if I am considering a run for mayor and suggestions that I should, so I wanted to take a moment to address that.
I decided to speak out against Mayor Stoney’s Coliseum proposal because I care about Richmond. When I saw all the proposal’s flaws and the deceptive way he was pitching it to the people I decided, “You either have to stop caring or you have to step up and do something about it.”
So I worked tirelessly to provide the people with detailed and honest analysis.
In the end, I was proud to stand with a diverse group of concerned Richmonders and together we were successful in educating City Council on why this was a bad deal for the city.
Now that Mayor Stoney’s arena plan has finally been rejected, we must have the same strength for doing as we did for opposition. We must actually do what we have always just talked about.
So yes, I am seriously exploring a run for mayor because I again must ask, “Do I stop caring or do I step up and do something about it?”
For many years, Richmond’s elected officials have operated with misplaced priorities. Instead of focusing with urgency on improving our schools and neighborhoods, they continue to spend all their time on big-shiny-projects and their political futures. No one in the current field of candidates would lead to a change in the status quo. Richmond deserves better.
My potential opponents have long been part of the political machine that directs them to take action based on polling data and the advice of well-connected players. I am not a politician, so if I run it will be for no other reason than to give everything I have to improve the everyday lives of the people of Richmond.
So I seek your input. I want to hear your concerns and your vision for Richmond. Because at the end of the day, this is not about me.
This is about the residents of Richmond and putting their priorities first. This is about building a better Richmond that works for everyone. A Richmond with better schools, better roads, and better city services. Because that is what we all deserve.
I will announce my final decision in March and until then, I look forward to hearing from you.”Justin Griffin
The general election is scheduled for Nov. 3 and the primary will be held on June 9.
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