We are paying for Mayor Stoney’s weakness.
For months now he has let anarchists and radicals destroy our city. Innocent people and their property have been harmed and harassed. He has let these selfish people with an agenda steal the microphone and prevent us from having any real conversations about how to make our city better.
Enough is enough.
From the beginning I would have instituted a curfew. That curfew would have been consistently and strictly enforced. Graffiti and vandalism of public property such as statues, libraries, and historical markers (such as the one for Oliver Hill which was spray-painted) would not have been tolerated. The bad actors would have received charges that took them off the streets. The strategy of using tear gas is an ineffective one. It results in one big crowd being dispersed into a bunch of small groups that you cannot track. Those groups commit vandalism and then just come back the next night. I also would have never let them set up any encampments. The festival like atmosphere attracted more people and encouraged this to continue without end.
The destruction of the city we love has been loud but the blowback is happening quietly.
People are scared to come downtown. I have conversations everyday with business owners and residents who are making plans to leave.
If we want to save Richmond and all the progress we have made over the last 20 years, we need a strong mayor who will take decisive action to protect the innocent instead of making excuses for bad behavior.
I will protect Richmond’s people, businesses, and their property because that’s what we deserve.