NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Less than a week after his unopposed re-election, Virginia State Senator Kenny Alexander (D) announced he wants to be the next mayor of Norfolk.
Sen. Alexander, who represents the 5th District, made the announcement Monday on his decision to run in the May 2016 election.
Alexander is a Norfolk native. In addition to his public service, he is also the president of Metropolitan Funeral Service.
According to a news release from his campaign, some of the key themes in his race for mayor will include “education, economic and workforce development, housing and safe neighborhoods, the rising sea level, governmental transparency, civil discourse and community participation and listening to Norfolk residents.”
“I believe in Norfolk,” said Alexander. “I’m from Norfolk and I believe this is the time for me to be Mayor of the City of Norfolk. I’m a servant. Mayor Fraim is a regional Mayor. He’s a consensus builder and so certainly you build on those strengths. I’m a neighborhood guy so my strength is not only in the boardroom or legislative body, but in the community. There’s a call for someone with my skill-set to come home to help Norfolk to not only be a good city, but a great city.”
Sen. Alexander joins a growing list of candidates. Councilman Andy Protogyrou formally announced his candidacy last month. Longtime Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is also in the running.
Current Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced, after serving 22 years in the position, he decided not to run again in this election.