Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for vice president, is endorsing Levar Stoney for mayor of Richmond.

Holton and Stoney previously worked together in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's Cabinet. Holton was secretary of education and Stoney was secretary of the commonwealth.

"I have been a passionate fan of Richmond for my entire life and I have a strong sense of what it takes to be an effective mayor of this great city," Holton said in a statement released by Stoney's campaign.

"I have been closely watching the race to choose our next leader. It is clear that Levar Stoney is the candidate most prepared to lead our city, and its children, into a prosperous future.

"I worked alongside Levar as part of an administration that has invested significant resources in public education and made improving the quality of life of our children a top priority. Levar was a fantastic colleague, and crucial member of our Cabinet, who excelled at running the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office.

"Beyond that, Levar is a great friend and it was an honor to work with him. As a Richmonder, I know that Levar has the experience, vision, and passion necessary to improve Richmond Public Schools and take our city to the next level."

Kaine is a former Richmond mayor. He and Holton have lived in Richmond for 32 years. Holton also lived in the Executive Mansion in her youth as a daughter of Gov. Linwood Holton.

Stoney has trailed former Del. Joe Morrissey and former Venture Richmond director Jack Berry in polls in the mayoral race.

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