Former felon Chuck Richardson announces Richmond mayoral run

Published: May. 20, 2016 at 3:19 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A member of Richmond's City Council for nearly 20 years before being banished from city politics after selling heroin to an undercover officer, Chuck Richardson has announced his intent to run for Richmond mayor.

The Purple Heart recipient was the city's longest serving councilman and explained why skeptics should vote for him.

"You want to pick on my heroism in Vietnam or do you want to pick on my heroin," Richardson remarked. "It's up to you. And when you judge, it's up to the judge to decide whether they want to be negative or positive."

Richardson is now eligible to run for office after Governor Terry McAuliffe's historic restoration of rights, allowing over 200,000 former felons to regain the right to vote and run for public office.

He also said he plans to bring his unmatched experience to the table to help sort through the city's problems.

The roster of people vying for Richmond mayor continues to grow, approaching nearly 20 candidates.

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