RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Free Press has endorsed Jack Berry for mayor of Richmond, the Berry campaign announced Thursday.
The Free Press wrote Berry was “the candidate who can best take charge” and bring “significant experience and a track record of achievement.”
“We are impressed by his experience, which includes 14 years in Richmond City Hall as a budget analyst, budget director, and deputy city manager for finance, as well as six years as county manager of Hanover County,” the newspaper wrote. “Many of us know him best from his 18 years of helping to market Richmond and Downtown through the public-private Richmond Renaissance and its successor organization, Venture Richmond.”
The paper noted Berry’s involved in events like the 2nd Street Festival and Richmond Folk Festival.
“His organization brought attention to wide range of development in the city and has managed the riverfront and canal boat operations,” they wrote. ““As importantly, he has been sensitive to issues of economic justice and inclusion, ensuring that African-American contractors and businesses shared in the projects Venture Richmond undertook.”