Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim won’t seek re-election

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.

Click here to read Mayor Paul Fraim’s complete Oct. 1 statement regarding his decision not to run for re-election.

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.”

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