Leonidas B. Young II

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Leonidas B. Young II
74th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
In office
July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1996
Preceded by Walter T. Kenney Sr.
Succeeded by Larry E. Chavis
Personal details
Leonidas Bernard Young II

(1954-11-09)November 9, 1954
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 2016(2016-01-16) (aged 61)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Sanya Buster
Alma mater

Leonidas Bernard "Lee" Young II (September 5, 1954 – January 16, 2016) was an American Baptist minister who served on the Richmond, Virginia City Council from 1992 to 1999, when he was forced to resign for influence peddling. He served as the city's mayor from 1994 to 1996.


Young was the founder and pastor of New Kingdom Ministries in Richmond. He had previously served as minister of the city's Fourth Baptist Church, which he was convicted of defrauding in 1998. [1] [2] He died at the age of 61 in 2016. [3]

House of Delegates attempts


Young entered the Democratic primary in 1997 to succeed Jean Wooden Cunningham as the delegate for Virginia's 71st House district. He lost the nomination to Viola Baskerville, who went on to win the general election by a significant margin. [4]


On March 16, 2015, Young announced his intention to make a political comeback and run for disgraced Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey's seat, representing the state's 74th district. [5]


  1. ^ "Former Richmond Mayor Leonidas Young dies". WTVR.com. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ "RICHMOND EX-MAYOR IS INDICTED". September 22, 1998 – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  3. ^ "Leonidas B. Young II, pastor and former Richmond mayor, dies at 62 - Richmond Times-Dispatch: City Of Richmond News". Richmond.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  4. ^ "Leonidas B Young, II". Virginia Public Access Project. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Leonidas Young to announce candidacy for 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat". WTVR.com. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter T. Kenney Sr.
Mayor of Richmond
Succeeded by
Larry E. Chavis