We did it!

The results are in, and we have prevailed. While there are still ballots that remain to be counted, our margin of 15% is wide enough that we are declaring victory.

Thank you so much for everything you have done to make this possible. Thank you to everyone who endorsed us, donated generously, knocked on doors, made phone calls, and put up signs. Thank you to my tireless campaign manager, Christina Zirker and my entire campaign team. This truly was a team effort and I couldn’t have done it without you.

I also want to congratulate Vice Mayor Melvin Willis on a hard fought race. I wish him and his supporters the best, and look forward to continuing to work with him on the City Council in the months and years ahead.

I welcome Councilmember Eduardo Martinez back to the Council, as well as Councilmember-elect Demnlus Johnson, and “newcomer” Nat Bates, who we all know for his many years of service to our city.

Now the work of moving Richmond forward continues. And as our city does move forward, we must ensure that we move forward together.

Over the next four years, let’s remain fiercely committed to economic justice, so everyone in Richmond, in every neighborhood, has a fair shot at a quality education and good job.

Let’s focus on cleaning up our air and cracking down on those polluters who disregard the public health.

We will work to reduce gun violence and continue to strengthen the trust between our community and the police department.

We will continue our work building affordable housing, so that everyone who wants to live here can afford a home in Richmond.

And of course, we will continue to stand up to Donald Trump and his hateful agenda. I am so hopeful to see the Democrats take back the House and wish our once and future Speaker, Nancy Pelosi all the best.

Thank you so much again for everything you did to make this victory possible. I am honored to be your Mayor and look forward to working closely with you over the next four years to continue to move Richmond forward.