RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Mayor Levar Stoney has been sworn in for a second term as Richmond city’s mayor.
Mayor Stoney pledged to lead by engaging the community in the hard work of reconciliation and breaking down barriers to put the city on a path toward social and economic justice.
“Richmonders want, moreover they deserve, more than the status quo,” the mayor said Monday, January 4, in remarks following his swearing-in at Henry Marsh Elementary School.
Henry Marsh Elementary is one of three new schools built in communities of color during Stoney’s first term in office.
The mayor said that despite the challenges of the last year and facing the city in 2021, he is confident of the city’s path forward, having witnessed the strength, resilience and hope embedded in its residents.
“Over the last four years, I have witnessed that same hope with my own eyes,” he said. “I’ve talked to the mother, bone-tired after working multiple jobs, still concerned about the quality of education her children will receive. That’s hope.”
Mayor Stoney also said he would fight for families, listen to communities, double down on unity and gear city hall even more toward service in the next four years, completing the transformation of Richmond from the former capital of the confederacy into a “capital of compassion.”
“Richmond, we must meet our moment,” the mayor said. “It won’t come easy. It will require a Herculean effort from each and every one of us. But I know we will get there. Yes, 2020 may have been a dark year, but dawn is on the horizon.”
The swearing-in was conducted by Judge Kevin Duffan, a friend of the mayor’s and the first African-American judge appointed to the Circuit Court in the City of Virginia Beach.
The inauguration took place at Henry Marsh Elementary School on Jan. 4 at 12 p.m.
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