Candidates for Richmond Mayor and City Council were required to file campaign finance reports on Monday, June 4. Shown below are the account balances as of June 1 via the Virginia Public Access Project. Candidates will file their next reports by July 16. VPAP does not track School Board candidates finances.
No challengers have yet appeared for Donald Coleman or Cynthia Newbille; June 12 is the deadline for candidates to qualify for November 6 ballot. Two candidates have announced as challengers to Mayor Jones: Rick Tatnall and the unique L. Shirley Harvey.
Who is L.Shirley Harvey you ask? A Raleigh, N.C. native, Harvey moved to Richmond in 1978. She represented the 6th District on City Council from 1994 to 1996. Harvey ran unsuccessfully for the seat again in 2000 and 2002, in a special election in 2003, and again in 2004. Harvey then ran for the House of Delegates district 69 seat in 2005, receiving 17.88% of the vote. Harvey entered the Richmond mayoral race in 2008 but withdrew after failing to qualify for the ballot. Harvey most recently came in last in the 3-way race for the House of Delegates district 69 seat in 2009, garnering 5.52% of the vote.
Four years ago, Dwight Jones received 39% of the city-wide vote (and 57% of the 7th District vote) in a split 5 person race to see who would follow Doug Wilder as mayor of Richmond. Donald Coleman took 66% of the vote in a 3-way race for the School Board seat in that same election. Cynthia Newbille won the City Council seat in November 2009 with 52% of the vote in a 6-candidate special election.
Funds on hand for Mayor and City Council Candidates:
MAYOR OF RICHMOND
DISTRICT 7 CITY COUNCIL
Cynthia Newbille: $1,262