RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Only a week before election day, one of Richmond's mayoral candidates is dropping out.
Jon Baliles posted the announcement to his Facebook page:
Baliles says he is backing out to prevent splitting the vote and "electing someone who so plainly cares only about himself."
He is asking that no one "cast a protest vote" for him "because the stakes are too high and our city's future is too valuable."
"My withdrawal from the race, however, is not a guarantee of the absence of a fragmented count," said Baliles in the Facebook post. "There will still be at least two major alternatives to Joe Morrissey that would split the opposition vote. The only realistic way our city can ensure that we are moving forward on the morning of November 9 is for other candidates to withdraw and consolidate."
Jack Berry, candidate for Richmond mayor, released the following statement:
Levar Stoney, another candidate for Richmond mayor, released the following statement:
In an interview Wednesday, fellow candidate Michelle Mosby called on embattled front-runner Joe Morrissey to end his bid for mayor.
"This is a great time for Mr. Morrissey to do what other candidates have done, which is, determine what's good for the city," Mosby said. "So I think he should sit down with himself, and say, 'you know, I know I really want to be mayor. However, maybe this is just not the time for that.'"
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