- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia’s secretary of the commonwealth is resigning.

Lavar Stoney submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday. He said his resignation is effective at the end of the work day.

The secretary of the commonwealth is the Cabinet official who assists the governor in making some 4,000 appointments to state boards and commissions. The office also oversees the restoration of felons’ voting rights.

Stoney has been widely mentioned as a likely candidate for Richmond mayor. He did not say in his letter why he is resigning, and he did not immediately return a telephone message.

McAuliffe said in a statement that Stoney served with integrity and compassion. He said he looks forward to Stoney’s continued work to make Virginia and his community a better place to live.

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