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Michelle Mosby files state paperwork, hinting at a run for Richmond mayor

Michelle Mosby, former president of the Richmond City Council
Michelle Mosby, former president of the Richmond City Council, has filed paperwork with the state that points at a run for mayor in 2024. Mosby previously ran for mayor in 2016. (Photo: Facebook)

Michelle Mosby, former Richmond City Council president, has filed papers with the Virginia Department of Elections, pointing to a run for mayor in 2024.

When reached at her office Wednesday, Mosby declined to confirm that she is running for the post. 

“I’m not going to have that conversation now at my workplace,” she said.   

Subsequent attempts to reach Mosby outside of working hours were unsuccessful. 

State data shows a statement of organization — a document required to report campaign financing — was filed on Aug. 12 for “Friends of Michelle Mosby.” The document indicates a Democratic party affiliation in the 2024 Richmond mayoral race, though the city’s Office of Elections said it has not received any filings for the 2024 election.

Since the position is not on the ballot this year, candidates cannot yet file with the office of elections. 

Mosby served on City Council, representing the South Central 9th District, from 2013 through 2016 and was the first Black woman to become council president. 

Currently, Mosby works with Help Me Help You, a nonprofit she founded “to assist in poverty reduction and the reintegration” of people returning to the community after being incarcerated. 

This would not be her first mayoral campaign: Mosby ran in 2016, garnering about 6% of the vote. Her bid was called " unconventional” by Richmond magazine. 

Mayor Levar Stoney won that race, his first of two terms in the position; Stoney cannot run for a third term in 2024. Current councilmember Michael Jones ran unopposed for Mosby’s 9th District council position in 2016. 

A year later, in 2017, Mosby vied to be city treasurer, taking second place to Nichole Armstead, who currently holds the post. 

Jahd Khalil covers Virginia state politics for VPM News.