RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia race for governor just intensified as Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced on Monday that he will be running for the position in 2025. 

Stoney has been serving as the Mayor of Richmond since 2016 and says he is ready to bring his policies focusing on the middle working class to the entire commonwealth. 

“I’m grateful for having a strong family background to allow me to succeed. I want to do that for every single family in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And I’ll tell you this, what I know about Virginians, no matter if you're a Democrat, Republican or an Independent, everyone wants their children to be successful,” Stoney said. 

Stoney’s main competitor is currently Representative Abigail Spanberger, who announced her candidacy just last month. 

The race is just under two years away, but J. Miles Coleman from UVA's Center for Politics doesn't think it's too soon to jump in.

“I do think there's something to be said for getting an early start, it could be a very expensive race,” said Coleman. 

Coleman says that the Democratic primary could be a very fiery race with the two already declared to be running and doesn’t anticipate any other well-known Democratic politicians to announce their candidacy. 

Another point Coleman made was the age of the candidates. Both Stoney and Spanberger are only in their 40s, which is decades younger than some politicians on the national level. Stoney said the benefit of his age is that he has the energy to be governor.