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Princess Blanding, sister of man shot by Richmond police, enters governor's race

Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-07 16:31:09-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The sister of a Black man killed by Richmond police in 2018 has announced her candidacy for next year’s Virginia gubernatorial race.

Princess Blanding is the sister of Marcus-David Peters. He was a 24-year-old high school biology teacher who was fatally shot by a Richmond police officer while experiencing a mental health crisis.

Blanding said Tuesday that she is running under the banner of the newly formed Liberation Party.

Blanding said her platform is “to build a diverse, inclusive, and liberated Virginia for all.”

Since her brother's death, Blanding has become an activist on police reform and social justice issues.