Levar Stoney becomes Richmond mayor-elect

Levar Stoney becomes Richmond mayor-elect

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Levar Stoney has held enough votes after counting all 9,000 absentee ballots to hold five districts and become Richmond mayor-elect.

Sources with Stoney's campaign say Jack Berry called to concede the race and congratulate him.

Jack Berry's campaign released the following statement:

Over the last seven months, we built support across the city for a campaign that was about leadership, experience, and uniting the community to tackle the big challenges facing Richmond. I thank everyone who was a part of this election process for enabling me to step forward and be a candidate for public office. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you. I'm proud of the positive campaign we ran and the diversity of the team we put together.

"I'm all about bringing this city together," said Stoney in a news conference. "That is my commitment: to put the children in the city first and also to ensure that each and voice, no matter who you are, no matter what neighborhood you live in, you have a voice at the table."

In a statement from the Democratic Party of Virginia:

I want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to my friend, Levar Stoney, on winning his campaign for Richmond's mayor. Levar is a principled Democrat and I have had the privilege of knowing him for many years as he worked to build a bright future for Virginians. I have every confidence in his leadership and fresh approach to usher in a new Richmond.  Levar will bring an unparalleled passion, energy, and work ethic to City Hall and I am thrilled to see what he accomplishes for the people of Richmond.

Election officials say hundreds of absentee ballots had to be counted and verified by hand, and there were a larger number of mistake registrations this year, adding to the hold up on the tally.

"We have ballots that were sent out by email to military and overseas voters… that can't be scanned. They have to be hand counted. We had almost 400 of those. Those hand-counted ballots couldn't be counted until last night," said Kirk Showalter, the Richmond General Registrar.

Districts 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 have gone to Stoney. The final precinct came in shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Berry won the 1st and 4th, Morrissey won the 8th and 9th.

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