Richmond businessman Andre L. Robinson Sr. wants to be the community’s next mayor.
He filed for the office on Thursday afternoon. The last day to file is 5 p.m. Friday.
As of Thursday, he and incumbent Evalyn Moore were the only candidates in the May 5 election.
Robinson told The Herald he wants to use his business acumen to help the city grow and prosper.
“One thing people have known about me is that I get the job done,” he said. “If I do not have any resources, I will find the resources necessary. I believe we can build and grow Richmond during our growth with the community and not only on one side of the tracks but all of Richmond.”
Robinson was born and raised in Richmond.
He attended Lamar Consolidated High School and earned a legal degree in 1996.
He owns and operates an insurance company, a bail-bonding agency and a tax preparation business. He also is a licensed fugitive recovery agent.
“I built my business from the bottom up,” he said. “I started in a small office then built a building that we are now in. This was one of my biggest accomplishments I did for myself and my family even though I dealt with many obstacles dealing with the city of Richmond.”
Because he grew up on on the “other side of the tracks and unprivileged,” Robinson said he is compassionate for equal justice despite a person’s religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.
“I believe we are all equal,” he said. “I am committed to take the challenge, fight the fight for myself along with all small business and citizens of Richmond.”
He said his goal is to utilize all the resources of city government to grow the unprivileged areas and make a drainage system so that properties do not flood.
“I want to uplift everyone and not leave anyone behind,” he said.
“I want to commit myself to assist all business and not restrain them from growth.
“As our community grows with many different ethnicities, our city needs to become more diversified and inclusive.”