- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A top confidante of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is running for mayor of Richmond.

Levar Stoney announced Thursday he is joining a crowded field looking to lead Virginia’s capital city.

Stoney recently resigned as Secretary of the Commonwealth, an official who assists the governor in making some 4,000 appointments to state boards and commissions. The secretary’s office also oversees the restoration of felons’ voting rights.

Stoney was a key adviser to McAuliffe during his successful 2013 gubernatorial bid and during his first two years in office.

Stoney says improving the city’s struggling schools would be a top priority as mayor.

He joins several other candidates seeking the post.

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