Politics & Government

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes wins second four-year term

Jim Barnes
Jim Barnes

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes won a second four-year term Tuesday night by defeating challenger Laura Durham King, a member of the Richmond City Commission.

Barnes, 69, ran on his record, saying that he delivered on his promise to cut spending while replenishing the city's reserves, buying new police cruisers and giving city employees raises.

King, 51, had questioned Barnes about closing a fire station on the south end of town. King had said the first thing she would do would be to reopen that fire station. She was endorsed by firefighters and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Neither candidate was immediately available for comment Tuesday night.

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