NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim just announced he has decided not to seek re-election.
He told the crowd gathered at the Slover Library Thursday morning that “elections should be about the future and this one will be.” Fraim added, “As much as I would like to continue to serve, the time is right to step aside.”
Fraim’s advice to the next mayor is to rely and lean on a great city administration and to not do too much too soon.
Fraim has served as the city’s mayor for 22 years.
Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe, who has announced he is running for the mayoral seat in the upcoming election, issued this statement after Fraim’s announcement:
First, I would like to acknowledge the accomplishments and hard work of Mayor Fraim over his 30 years of leadership on the Norfolk City Council. Norfolk has been a better place to live and work for the past 3 decades, in large part, to Paul’s stewardship of city affairs. His press conference today, which could not have been easy, was handled with class and dignity! I will always have the utmost respect for Mayor Fraim and I thank him for his 30+ years of service to the City of Norfolk.
I look forward to the upcoming campaign for Norfolk Mayor in May 2016 and sharing my vision and ideas for moving Norfolk forward.
Senator Tim Kaine also released a statement:
“When I was Mayor of Richmond, Paul Fraim was seen throughout Virginia as a Mayor’s Mayor. We all admired his energy and vision in Norfolk. He has done a great job for a great city. I count him as a close friend, and he’s given me good advice over the years. I join Norfolk citizens in thanking him for his long and dedicated service.”