Strip club owner, former felon planning run for mayor of RVA

Published: May. 19, 2016 at 2:43 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 3:33 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond's race for mayor is growing with at least a few new controversial candidates. There is a strip club owner and then there's a former city council member who spent time behind bars on drug charges.

The crowded field has ballooned to 18 candidates.

Mike Dickinson has run for Congress all while running area strip clubs, and now he has his sights set on Richmond City Hall.

"I am officially a candidate to run for the mayor of Richmond," said Dickinson.

Dickinson has hosted events like the "White Trash Bash." Is he a serious candidate?

"I'm very serious," said Dickinson. "I pay taxes. Would this Mike Dickinson host a 'White Trash Bash?' Maybe not. It just goes to show I'm not somebody who was born and thought of myself as a career politician."

Dickinson says he was especially disturbed by the recent marches on city hall following a multi-million dollar budget shortfall that forced schools to make drastic cuts.

"The children of the city deserve so much better than we are giving them," said Dickinson. "I'm the guy for the job because I have business sense. We need to run the city as a business. I don't know if you have ever tried to do business with the city, but I as a business man, I would rather have a root canal than deal with the city of Richmond on any issue."

NBC12 is now learning former city council member Chuck Richardson is collecting signatures to also jump in the race. A person in attendance at Tuesday's Richmond Crusade for Voters meeting tells NBC12 Richardson said the following:

He's got his right back. He can run. Everybody knows his past, but that is all in the past. As one who served nearly 20 years on council he knows the challenge that the city is facing and feels they have not been addressed adequately. Richardson's campaign is about addressing issues.

Dickinson is spouting a similar refrain.

"I think we have bigger issues in the city than a few strip clubs," said Dickinson.

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