Levar Marcus Stoney (born March 20, 1981) is an American politician from the Commonwealth Commonwealth of Virginia and the 80th and current mayor of Richmond, Virginia. He served as the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 through 2016, becoming the first African American to serve in this role and the youngest member of Governor Terry McAuliffe‘s administration.
Early and personal life
Stoney was born in Long Island, New York, and when 7 years old moved with his younger brother to Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. His parents never married; Stoney and his siblings were raised by their father (who supported the family via various low-wage jobs, and eventually became a high school janitor) and grandmother (a retired domestic worker).
At Tabb High School in Tabb, Virginia, Stoney became quarterback on the school’s football team, and also president of the student body (as he had in elementary and middle school). In 2004 Stoney graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he was the first African-American male ever elected president of the Student Government, and involved with the school’s College Democrats chapter
Mayor of Richmond
Richmond voters elected Stoney their Mayor in a controversy-filled, multi-candidate race to succeed Mayor Dwight C. Jones, who could not run for re-election because of a two-term limit. Stoney won five districts and 35% of the citywide popular vote. Shortly after the election, Mayor-elect Stoney named Tiffany Jana and Bill Leighty as co-chairs of his transition team, with University of Richmond professor Thad Williamson named as director.
On December 31, 2016, at 35 years of age, Stoney became Richmond’s youngest elected mayor.
In 2004, Stoney traveled to Wisconsin to work with the local Democratic Party in a “get out the vote” effort. Five of his colleagues would later be charged with slashing the tires of a van meant to be used to drive Republican voters to the polls. Stoney initially lied to police claiming he had no knowledge about the incident. He would later admit to FBI investigators that he was present in the Democratic campaign offices after his colleagues came in to brag about slashing the tires. Stoney then went on to testify against his colleagues and fully cooperated with law enforcement. After questioning during a committee meeting with Virginia Republican lawmakers about his indiscretion, it was accepted as “an isolated, youthful mistake.”
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