- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The mayor of Virginia’s second-largest city says he won’t seek re-election after holding the office for 22 years.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced his decision Thursday.

Fraim said in a statement there’s a talented group of young leaders who are ready to guide the city. Fraim says the next mayoral election will be about the future.

Since taking office, Fraim has overseen a revitalization of the city’s downtown. Fraim touted the strength of the city’s economy and quality of life as among his accomplishments.

Fraim noted in his statement that there are significant public and private investments planned for the city in the future. Among them, are a downtown hotel and conference center and the revitalization of the newly renamed Waterside District.

Fraim’s term expires on July 1.

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