“I am proud to be a part of Norfolk. We are the heartbeat of the region and because of you; we are the greatest city, not only in Virginia, but the greatest city in America. God Bless you and God Bless the City of Norfolk.” Mayor Kenny Alexander was sworn into office on July 1, 2016. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce was on hand for the ceremony. The Chamber endorsed Alexander for the office.
This was a day of emotions in the City of Norfolk as Paul Fraim concluded his 22 years of service as Norfolk’s Mayor. Mayor Fraim said he was proud to hand over his long standing position to Kenny Alexander.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Norfolk for the past 30 years, the last 22 as your mayor. I am proud of our city, proud of Kenneth Cooper Alexander and confident that he will lead us forward into the future, united as one community,” stated Former Norfolk Mayor, Paul Fraim.
Former Mayor Fraim continued his high remarks of Mayor Alexander, stating, “He is eminently qualified to be Norfolk’s people elected official. He speaks to the undeniable progress we have made as a city. We will always be a work in progress, but I believe the wide spread support the wide spread support Kenny Alexander received reflects the values that our community has come to embrace.”
Mayor Alexander was sworn into office on the stairs of the Norfolk City Hall in front of hundreds of friends, family, employees, and residents of Norfolk. He kept his official remarks brief due to the hot sun of the day. Mayor Alexander spoke of a hot July day years ago when he was first running for State Delegate and someone yelled from the crowd to keep it short if he wanted their support. He followed that advice with a short tribute to the crowd and Paul Fraim. Of the Former Mayor, Alexander said “We are indebted to you. Words cannot express the gratitude. What you have done for this city is immeasurable. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.”
Mayor Fraim announced he was no longer running for office in October of 2015. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce felt confident in Kenny Alexander and strongly believed in his views for the Hampton Roads Region and the city of Norfolk. The Chamber announced their endorsement for Kenny Alexander in April 2016.