Incumbent Malcolm Brodie is poised to become Richmond’s longest-serving mayor after winning a seventh term Saturday night.
Brodie claimed an easy victory over five other candidates, drawing over 29,000 votes, nearly four times as many as runner-up Roy Sakata.
In a speech delivered when half of the votes had been counted, Brodie thanked a crowd of roughly one hundred constituents gathered at the Four Points Sheraton Airport Hotel for their continued support and emphasized the importance of embracing the city’s diverse nature.
“The Richmond of the future is going to be even stronger and better with a higher quality of life,” said Brodie, who has held his seat since 2001.
“It will be a great place for all of us, no matter your ethnic origin, your religion, your particular viewpoints, or your culture.”
Supporters were in high spirits as early results suggested an easy win for the incumbent.
“The city of Richmond has very solid support for the mayor,” said Cliff Cheng, long-time Brodie supporter.
“He should be able to lead Richmond to a better future. I’m so glad that he won again.”