RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Councilman Jon Baliles endorsed Levar Stoney for Richmond mayor on Saturday.
Baliles released the following statement:
In response to Councilman Baliles' endorsement, Levar said the following:
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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