Jon Baliles endorses Levar Stoney for Richmond mayor

Jon Baliles endorses Levar Stoney for Richmond mayor
Jon Baliles (Source: Twitter)
Jon Baliles (Source: Twitter)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Councilman Jon Baliles endorsed Levar Stoney for Richmond mayor on Saturday.

Baliles released the following statement:

Three days ago when I withdrew from the mayor's race, I called upon the remaining candidates to consolidate into one viable alternative to Joe Morrissey because our city needs to move forward.

In response to Councilman Baliles' endorsement, Levar said the following:

Jon Baliles has a breadth and depth of experience in city government and a true understanding of how City Hall works. Throughout his career, he has always put Richmond first. I am honored to have the endorsement of someone who is so keenly focused on making sure our city continues moving forward. Jon's confidence in my candidacy and ability to serve is humbling. I am excited to have him join our team in campaigning these final days and I look forward to having his counsel and advice when I'm Mayor.

This comes after Baliles announced he was dropping out of the race Wednesday afternoon.

Baliles says he is backing out to prevent splitting the vote and "electing someone who so plainly cares only about himself."

He is asking that no one "cast a protest vote" for him "because the stakes are too high and our city's future is too valuable."

"My withdrawal from the race, however, is not a guarantee of the absence of a fragmented count," said Baliles in the Facebook post on Wednesday. "There will still be at least two major alternatives to Joe Morrissey that would split the opposition vote. The only realistic way our city can ensure that we are moving forward on the morning of November 9 is for other candidates to withdraw and consolidate."

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