by Leah Small
City Councilman Jon Baliles is running for mayor. The confirmation comes after months of speculation, and follows School Board Chairman Jeff Bourne’s decision to not run.
In his announcement, released today, Baliles says that he’s a strong supporter of Richmond Public Schools and notes his vote to shift $9 million in additional funding to the division for the current fiscal year.
Baliles is the son of former Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles, who served from 1986-1990.
The current list of declared potential candidates also includes community activists Alan Schintzius, Rick Tatnall and Lillie Estes, as well as City Council President Michelle Mosby, Richmond Public Schools teacher Chad Ingold, former councilman and architect Bruce Tyler, former delegate Joe Morrissey and architect Lawrence Williams.
Also in the running, though yet to make his candidacy public himself, is Venture Richmond President Jack Berry. He recently announced his resignation from Venture Richmond, after which a tweet from the organization wished him well in the race.
Williams, a 63-year-old Church Hill native, discussed his candidacy in the Times-Dispatch. He ran for mayor twice -- once against former Gov. Douglas Wilder and the other against Mayor Dwight Jones. He captured less than 2 percent of the vote both times.
Most of the candidates plan to attend a mayoral forum organized by Wilder on Wednesday. The deadline to officially file is June 14.