NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Within hours of Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim's announcement that he will not run for re-election, Sheriff Bob McCabe threw his hat into the ring.
Mayor Fraim made the announcement at a press conference Thursday morning.
Fraim has been mayor of Norfolk since 1994. When the city switched to a system that allowed the position to be elected directly by the voters, Fraim won an overwhelming 78 percent of the vote. He then won re-election in 2014.
"It has been the honor of my life to have been allowed to serve my hometown as its mayor -- the only job in politics I ever wanted," Fraim said in a statement. "I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given and I have cherished the long conversation I had with the citizens about the well-being of our community."
Fraim said by making the announcement only a year into his latest term, he's allowing time for candidates to declare and present their future for the city.
"The city lives and breathes," Fraim's statement concluded. "It fights for its life every d ay. It demands and deserves our very best. I have given it my very best for nearly thirty years. I will continue to do so until the end of my term."
In a statement, Sheriff McCabe said he looks forward to sharing his vision and ideas during the 2016 mayoral campaign:
First, I would like to acknowledge the accomplishments and hard work of Mayor Fraim over his 30 years of leadership on the Norfolk City Council. Norfolk has been a better place to live and work for the past 3 decades, in large part, to Paul's stewardship of city affairs. His press conference today, which could not have been easy, was handled with class and dignity! I will always have the utmost respect for Mayor Fraim and I thank him for his 30+ years of service to the City of Norfolk.
I look forward to the upcoming campaign for Norfolk Mayor in May 2016 and sharing my vision and ideas for moving Norfolk forward.
Mayor Fraim's term ends next year.