NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — State Senator Kenny Alexander, a candidate in next week’s Norfolk mayoral race, tells WAVY.com he has received the endorsement of Paul Fraim, the city’s outgoing mayor.
“I am proud and humbled that the mayor has endorsed me in this election,” said Kenny Alexander in a written news release. “He has served our city so well for many years and I am committed to continuing the work of moving our city forward into the future.”
A billboard paid for by Alexander’s campaign and with Fraim’s picture on it, went up along Northampton Boulevard earlier this month. Everyone 10 On Your Side spoke with on April 19 said the billboard appeared to be an endorsement.
However, a Norfolk city spokeswoman said, when asked about the billboard, “The mayor has made no plans at this time to endorse anyone,” and later said, “The mayor has no plans to endorse anyone.”
Alexander said on April 19 said, “It was Mayor Fraim’s idea and he approved the look and the message.”
Now, Alexander says the billboard was actually one side of a two-sided post card that will be distributed to voters ahead of the May 3 election.
In a release from Alexander’s campaign Thursday morning, Mayor Fraim is quoted:
Please join me in voting for Kenny Alexander for Norfolk mayor on Tuesday May 3rd,” says Paul Fraim. “Kenny has the qualifications and the experience to lead all of us forward together in the coming years and to continue the progress that the city has recently made.”
Fellow mayoral candidate Bob McCabe issued this statement on Fraim endorsing Kenny Alexander:
This news proves definitively that Alexander is the choice of status quo insiders. Another establishment endorsement proves nothing would change with Alexander as mayor. I am endorsed by the Norfolk Police Union and community leaders who see a violent crime crisis being ignored by city council, are tired of politics as usual, and want to see Norfolk move forward in a smarter direction. If you want to see the real change Norfolk has needed for years – safer neighborhoods and stronger schools, please vote for me, Bob McCabe.”
Alexander stopped by the WAVY studios the eve before the announcement to talk about the race for mayor. Click here to watch the full interview.