Who will challenge the Mayor?

Posted at 11:35 PM, Jun 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-08 00:08:53-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) -That path, according to Jones, includes an increase in residents, the construction of new schools and a jail, development along the James River and notoriety on the national stage.

Jones cited multiple visits from the president and recently announced plans for the Redskins to start training in the river city.

Mayor Jones spent most of the evening focusing primarily on accomplishments during his first term in office, with very little mention about his goals if re-elected.

However, he does acknowledge there’s much more work to be done, including with poverty and the city’s school system.

Jones tells CBS 6, a lot of these accomplishments were possible because of a cooperative city council and he’s hoping for the same success and relationship with the city’s school system.

“The school board, there are five incumbents who are not running, so, there’s going to be a different school board,” says Jones.

Longtime political strategist, Paul Goldman, tells CBS 6, he’s surprised more people aren’t challenging the mayor, who is heavily criticized for his lack of presence and leadership.

The mayor's opponent, Rick Tatnall tells CBS 6, he is dropping out of the race. Jones' other opponent, L. Shirley Harvey still needs more signatures to qualify.