Levar Stoney is stepping down as Secretary of the Commonwealth, the governor's office confirmed on Friday.
Stoney has been rumored to be interested in making a run for Richmond mayor. Stoney was not one of twelve potential candidates who recently took part in a Mayoral Forum at Virginia Union University, but his name has been circling for some time in political circles.
Stoney's resignation is effective 5 p.m. and the governor's office says a replacement will be named soon.
"As Secretary of the Commonwealth, Levar Stoney has served with integrity, compassion and a fierce devotion to our team's mission of building a new Virginia economy for every family. From restoring civil rights to more Virginians than the past 7 governors combined and selecting the most qualified and professional appointees for Virginia boards and commissions, to serving as one of my closest advisers and friends, Levar has been a driving force behind many of the successes of our administration so far," said Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a statement. "I am grateful to Secretary Stoney for his outstanding service and look forward to the continuation of his work making his Commonwealth and his community a better place to live, work and raise a family."
The 35-year-old James Madison alum served as deputy campaign manager for Gov. McAuliffe before taking on the role of Secretary of the Commonwealth in November 2013.
"Being by you and Dorothy's side over these last six years has shown me why being actively involved in public service still matters. We have truly made a difference in the lives of others and I shall never forget that," wrote Stoney in his resignation letter.
The list of declared and potential candidates for mayor includes:
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