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Richmond Crusade for Voters endorses Morrissey

Jeremy Lazarus | 9/24/2016, 10:02 a.m.
Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey picked up his first significant endorsement this week in the race for Richmond’s mayor, winning the ...

Joseph D. “Joe” Morrissey picked up his first significant endorsement this week in the race for Richmond’s mayor, winning the backing of the Richmond Crusade for Voters.

The city’s oldest and largest African-American political group threw its support behind the former delegate at its meeting Tuesday, according to interim Crusade President Corey Nicholson.

He said Mr. Morrissey secured the most votes from the membership to win the group’s support. Other mayoral candidates winning significant votes included Jack Berry, who came in second, and Levar Stoney, who finished third in the contest for the Crusade’s endorsement, Mr. Nicholson said.

In the Richmond City Council races, the Crusade snubbed two incumbents, Chris A. Hilbert, 3rd District, and Parker C. Agelasto, 5th District, who are among five council members seeking re-election for another four-year term. Along with three incumbents, the Crusade backed six newcomers.

By district, the Crusade’s choices are: Harry H. Warner Jr., 1st District; A.S. “Charlie” Diradour, 2nd District; Milondra B. Coleman, 3rd District; Johnny S. Walker, 4th District; Garrett L. Sawyer, 5th District; incumbent Ellen F. Robertson, 6th District; incumbent Cynthia I. Newbille, 7th District; incumbent Reva M. Trammell, 8th District; and Michael J. Jones, 9th District.

In Richmond School Board races, the Crusade also snubbed incumbent Shonda M. Harris-Muhammed, 6th District, one of three incumbents seeking new four-year terms.

The Crusade endorsements went to: Liz B. Doer, 1st District; Mariah L. White, 2nd District; incumbent Jeff M. Bourne, 3rd District; Sean M. Smith, 4th District; incumbent Mamie L. Taylor, 5th District; Felicia D. Cosby, 6th District; Nadine D. Marsh-Carter, 7th District; Dawn C. Page, 8th District; and no endorsement in the 9th District, where newcomer Linda D. Baker is running unopposed.

The Crusade also endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president and state Sen. A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat, for the 4th District congressional seat.