Former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder told Richmond residents he has been "too silent for too long" Thursday night.
He addressed a standing room only crowd at Satellite Restaurant in South Richmond. The former Richmond mayor was the guest speaker at the 8th District meeting, billed as an opportunity to hear Richmond's first executive branch mayor discuss "what to look for in our next mayor."
"I look back now and wonder was I too silent too long," said Wilder. "And yet I didn't want to be accused of interfering."
Wilder is worried about new reports of a possible $55 million stadium on the Boulevard with the Squirrels and VCU being the major contributors.
"Yes, I have serious concerns about the intricacies of the baseball stadium as proposed," said Wilder. "I don't know the facts, but that's the problem. When will these facts be known, and how will they be known?"
Wilder also threw his support behind City Council candidate Reva Trammell, who is running for re-election. Wilder says Trammell represents the type of values he's looking for in the next mayor of Richmond.
"Listens to the people," said Wilder. "Responds to the people, and tries to do the people's bidding."
Trammell is also a vocal critic of the current Dwight Jones administration.
"And I was hoping against hope as it seems that things would change ... that the dysfunctionality would cease," said Wilder. "That there wasn't any Monday morning quarterbacking, and quite frankly there has been very little ... as a matter of fact ... too little."
And so with five candidates running for Richmond mayor, Wilder insists his days of being silent are over. Will he endorse a candidate?
"I'm going to say what I've got to say," said Wilder with a laugh.
Wilder says he will address the mayor's race in detail in the next couple of weeks.
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