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2. Mayor Dwight C. Jones (-) 

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It's been a furious 2012 for Jones, who's running uncontested for a second term. After a slow start, he's come into his own and seems more at ease throwing his weight around. He learned from previous missteps, including the bungled procurement process for the new city jail and his no-show during Tropical Storm Irene late last summer. And he's become more engaged with the business community of late. He mended fences with Richmond Free Press Editor Ray Boone after the Occupy Richmond protesters camped out in Boone's front yard (Boone lives next door to the mayor) and took off the gloves with the Richmond School Board in January. Will his political savvy extend into the next four years? He's clearly been flexing his muscles.

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