RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond mayoral candidates Jack Berry and Levar Stoney released their new television ads ahead of the November election. Both Berry and Stoney trail candidate Joe Morrissey in a recent Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University poll.
In his ad, titled "I’m with Jack," Berry supporters extol the virtues of the former head of Venture Richmond.
"I think Jack brings a special compassion to the job," supporter Bill Johnson said.
"I know Jack. He cares about all people," John Gordon said.
Berry finished second in the CNU poll which had former state delegate Morrissey as the leader.
Polling fifth was Levar Stoney, the former Secretary of the Commonwealth under Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Stoney's campaign said the ad, titled "What It's Like," will be the first in a series of television ads and marks the intensification of Stoney's ground game.
"I know what it feels like not to have a mom around. To have a teenage dad not finish high school. To not be able to afford field trips. To be on free and reduced lunch. To have no one to help with home work," Stoney said in the opening of his video. "As mayor, I'll work to keep kids out of crime with a lot more after school and recreation programs. Because I know the difference it can make."
CBS 6 political analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth called both initial campaign ads positive and uplifting.
"It will be interesting to see, a month from now, that if Joe Morriessy is still ahead in the polls my guess is that we're going to see a number of ads that are a lot more hard hitting than these," Holsworth said.