Former mayoral candidate leaving City Hall

Former mayoral candidate leaving City Hall

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Richmond city council member has decided to step down after spending 10 years working in City Hall.

Jon Baliles posted a message on his Facebook page on Wednesday stating that he's pursuing other opportunities:

After a decade of working in City Hall to help make Richmond the great place we know it is, I have decided to pursue other opportunities and begin a new chapter in my life. I am thankful to the Mayor for including me on his staff for his first year and am proud of the progress we made focusing on core services that are the backbone of local government.

Baliles ran for mayor in 2016 and wanted to establish a "funding formula" for schools, as well as collect more tax revenue and grow Richmond's economy.

However, he dropped out of the race just one week before the election in order to prevent splitting the vote and "electing someone who so plainly cares only about himself," referring to former Delegate Joe Morrissey.

During the last week of the race, he asked his supporters to vote for Levar Stoney.

My endorsement of Levar Stoney for mayor comes down to my belief that he best represents the next generation of leadership for our city that will work collaboratively with others to make the best decisions.

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