Former State Del. Joe Morrissey running for Richmond mayor

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Joe Morrissey (Source: NBC12)
Published: Apr. 1, 2016 at 4:34 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2016 at 4:34 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Former State Delegate Joe Morrissey announced he's running for mayor in Richmond.

His office almost canceled Thursday's announcement because of the deadly shooting at the Greyhound bus station, but a note from his office said he was encouraged to go forward with the announcement anyway.

Morrissey outlined his approach to the position of mayor in a statement:

"I've held public office as Richmond's Commonwealth Attorney, where the office was highly effective and always operated under budget. I was a Member of the House of Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly, where I knew every item in the tens of billions of dollars of the state budget – and what was expected from those expenditures.  I have owned and managed three different multi-million dollar businesses – all of which were profitable."

"I want to bring that knowledge and experience to Richmond. I realize that there are important differences between running a municipality and running a business.  But it's no secret that the City of Richmond has not been well managed – either as a government or as a business. I will bring the skill set to Richmond of seasoned and experienced CEOs who know how to effectively run and manage a business …. and do it with sound business practices."

Morrissey recently announced that he had a second child with his former secretary Myrna Warren.

The pair's relationship and birth of their first child launched an investigation that led to Morrissey spending several months in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges.

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