NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Councilman Andy Protogyrou officially launched his mayoral campaign Monday, flanked by his wife and several council members.
Protogyrou is the second person to announce his desire to become Norfolk's next mayor.
Sheriff Bob McCabe said earlier this year he planned to run for the position.
Current mayor Paul Fraim said he would not seek re-election.
Protogyrou, who has served the people of Ward 1 since 2010, said there are several issues that will be priorities for him if he wins the mayoral election. Among those are bringing new businesses to the city and improving the public education system.
"Having been on the council for the last -- since 2010 and having these colleagues, that's the one thing that says I'm the guy," explained Protogyrou. "Without the colleagues that I have and that we know we can make things happen, get things done on the city, without that I wouldn't be here. I know that we can get things done, and that's why I think I'm the guy. They believe in me."
Protogyrou is beginning the process of assembling his campaign team.
The mayoral election is in May 2016.