• Stoney claims outright win in Richmond mayoral contest

    Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney answers a question about the possibility of his reelection to the position during a news conference in Richmond, VA on November 4th, 2020

    Incumbent Levar Stoney claimed an outright victory in Richmond’s mayoral race, securing four more years in the top post at City Hall.

    With about 105,000 votes counted, the returns show Stoney won six of the city’s nine voter districts, according to unofficial results released Wednesday evening. The win means Stoney will avoid a runoff with one of his challengers.

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  • The Black, Millennial Mayor Who Tore Down His City’s White Monuments

    Under pressure from protesters in the former capital of the Confederacy, Levar Stoney bucked tradition and preempted state law to remove a street of statues, putting his reputation and reelection prospects on the line.

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  • Stoney Announces Nearly $6 Million for Emergency Housing

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    In an effort to address Richmond’s emergency housing needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayor Levar Stoney announced Tuesday that $5.8 million in local and federal funding will soon be available.

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  • Mayor Stoney’s budget proposal devotes millions to Richmond schools, roads, city services

    RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney unveiled his administrations FY2021 budget plan Friday, which includes a $782.6 million operating budget and an $85 million Capital Improvement Plan.

    Among the plan’s chief focuses are schools, housing, transportation and economic development.

    The proposal increases the city’s support to Richmond Public Schools by $16 million. That’s on top of a $20 million increase in state education funding.

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  • Stoney announces Virginia's first eviction diversion program in State of the City speech

    Mayor Levar Stoney gave his State of the City speech at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on Thursday.  ALEXA WELCH EDLUND/TIMES-DISPATCH

    Richmond will launch the first eviction diversion program in Virginia this year, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced in his State of the City address Thursday night.

    The announcement comes about 10 months after a Princeton University analysis published in The New York Times found that Richmond renters faced eviction at the second-highest rate in the country. The findings, which also showed high eviction rates in four other Virginia cities, sparked scrutiny of state laws last year and jump-started discussions locally of what can be done to stem the tide.

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