Former City of Richmond Mayor and Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder, ceased his silence and publicly admonished Mayor Dwight Jones in an opinion piece posted in The Richmond Times-Dispatch this past weekend entitled: “No more silence about the state of the city“.
Wilder voiced his frustration with the city’s current state of disarray in the piece, especially its finances. He ended his thoughts with the following statement: “Fortunately, this administration is coming to an end. The citizens of Virginia’s capital city are left to wonder what follows. It is not for the weak or timid, but change has to take place … and that will be hard work and tenuous”.
Yikes, that sounds like a man who is clearly frustrated with the current direction, or lack thereof, of city government. The vast majority of Richmond agrees with Doug Wilder’s sentiment. In fact, only 34% think Richmond is moving in the right direction according to a recent survey conducted by the City Auditor’s office and as Reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
So here is the big question: Will Doug Wilder consider another possible run for Mayor this November? And more importantly: Would Richmonders consider voting for Doug Wilder again?
It’s already a packed field of possible contenders as seen in our recent Mayoral candidate poll. The poll suggests the race might come down to a neck and neck battle between Levar Stoney and Jon Baliles. However, the possible addition of former Mayor Doug Wilder to the mix would give the race a whole new complexion.
Rather than guessing, we thought we would run another poll to see what you think. So what’s the verdict Richmond? Would You Vote for Doug Wilder If He Ran for Mayor Again This November? Feel free to vote as well as provide rationale for why you would or would not vote for Doug Wilder in the comments section below.
Let the fun begin!
Would you vote for Douglas Wilder if he ran for Mayor again this November?
- No (62%, 56 Votes)
- Yes (38%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 90