NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- State Senator Kenny Alexander announced Monday that he's running for Norfolk mayor.

In addition to serving in the Senate since 2012, Alexander, a funeral home operator, represented the 89th House of Delegates District from 2002 to 2012.

In October, Mayor Paul Fraim announced he wouldn't be running for reelection. Fraim has been mayor of Norfolk since 1994.

Alexander, a 49-year-old Norfolk-native, will face City Councilman Andy Protogyrou and Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe.

"Norfolk needs someone with the broad experience and skills that I bring to the table, the resources that I can tap, the ability to effectively reach out to people at all levels ― from neighborhoods, to boardrooms, to the upper levels of government ― and to bring together people from diverse viewpoints," Alexander says. "These have been the hallmarks of my service, in building my business, in helping my neighborhood, and in government," Alexander said in a statement Monday. 

Sheriff McCabe released a statement Monday, welcoming the senator into the race.

We have been friends and supporters of each other for as long as I can remember. 
I'm looking forward to the citizens having the chance to compare and contrast both our business and civic records. 

Councilman Protogyrou also commented, highlighting Alexander's ties to the Capitol City.

"Mr. Alexander coming in will certainly bring a Richmond perspective to Norfolk. He certainly does not have the relationships that I've built on council, nor the understanding of the issues that I deal with on a day to day basis for the city, and have done so for the last five years."

Alexander is currently a member of the Senate committees on Commerce and Labor, Finance, Transportation, and Privileges and Elections.

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