3 newcomers challenging incumbent Hilbert in 3rd District City Council race

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Four people are vying for Richmond’s 3rd District City Council seat, which encompasses Richmond’s northside. Incumbent Chris Hilbert, Ginter Park resident Dorian Daniels, John Marshall teacher Milandra Coleman, and Coca-Cola Consolidated employee Hassan Fountain. 8News was able to speak with two Richmond City Council 3rd District candidates Milandra Coleman and Hassan Fountain (Hilbert and Daniels did not respond to interview requests).

Milondra Coleman:

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1. Can you give me a quick background on who you are and how you got to where you are now?

I am a lifelong resident of the City of Richmond who grew up in the 3rd District and attended Mary Scott Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, Henderson Middle School and John Marshall High School. After John Marshall, I went on to attain the following degrees:
A.B. in Political Science, Duke University;
Juris Doctorate, University of Virginia School of Law;
Master of Divinity, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University;
Master of Arts in Christian Education, Union-PSCE;
Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary;
Master of Arts in Teaching, Mary Baldwin College.
I am currently a History Department chair and teacher at John Marshall High School. I believe that it is as important to make our city ready for our young people as it is to prepare them for it.

2. Why are you running for city council?

I decided to become a candidate for Richmond City Council to serve as an advocate and a liaison for the citizens of the 3rd District.

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge to overcome in your district?

I believe that the biggest challenge in my district relates to education.
As an advocate for the citizens of the 3rd District and the City, I would work with the school board and mayor to guarantee that RPS is fully funded and that every child has an opportunity to learn and succeed.

4. What is something new you can bring to your district?

I am a product of inner city Richmond and a third generation educator who has had the honor of working with high potential, economically disadvantaged students and parents for over a decade. As such, I bring 12 plus years of experience “to the table” with two of the major issues our district faces — education and poverty.

5. Why do you think voters should elect you to represent the 3rd District?

I think that voters should elect me to represent District 3 because I have the ability to connect diverse groups who do not typically work together. It is well past time, and I believe the desire of all, for some of the most essential entities in our City i.e. Public Works, Public Safety, Richmond Public Schools, and the Chamber of Commerce to come together and find ways to use each other to make Richmond a better place to work, play, visit and live.

6. Additional information and links for Milondra Coleman:

Website: Votemilondracoleman.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/milondra

 

Hassan Fountain:

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1. Can you give me a quick background on who you are and how you got to where you are now?

Hello, my name is Hassan J. Fountain Sr. I am 40-years-old and a father of seven wonderful children. For the last three years, my family and I have lived in Ginter Park Terrace where my wife was raised. As a child, I was raised in Halifax County Virginia where I graduated from Halifax High School and later went to Bryant and Stratton College for Business Management. I am currently employed by Coca-Cola Consolidated where I enjoy working, however, when I am elected into office I will devote my full time to our great city of Richmond and the 3rd District. As a child, I saw my uncles give so much of their time to the people of Halifax by donating to schools, feeding hundreds on Thanksgiving Day, giving toys on Christmas Day, mentoring and helping others to build their dreams. These are some of the examples of how I arrived to this point in my life.

2. Why are you running for city council?

I am running for City Council because we the people in Richmond need a strong leader with youthful energy and ambition with the progressive ability to work with others in the 3rd District. For too long, our schools have been underfunded, lack of city services and communication between our current councilman and residents have plundered in the 3rd District. It is time for a change! That is why I am running for city council.

3. What do you think is the biggest challenge to overcome in your district?

The biggest issue facing the 3rd District is safety and crime. I will address these problems by suggesting the placement of Patrol Hubs throughout our district. That will help quicken the response time and police presence in all areas. Along with being hands-on with our Community Watch Programs.

4. What is something new you can bring to your district?

I will help create economic opportunity in the 3rd District in the forms of eateries, boutiques, services and entertainment to revitalize our district to ensure growth.

5. Why do you think voters should elect you to represent the 3rd District?

The good people of the 3rd District should elect Hassan Fountain to represent them because I am hands-on to guarantee the job is done. I am also willing to go the extra mile to secure that the capital of Virginia has better schools, better services and the expansion of economic opportunity throughout our city. So, please go out and vote for Hassan J. Fountain on November 8 and vote for change.

6. Additional information and links for Hassan Fountain: 

Look me up on Facebook, Hassan Fountain to learn more about me.

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