RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump is undoubtedly a can’t-miss election, but it’s not the only election you should be paying attention to as Richmond looks to add new members to its City Council.
Here, we will take a look at the candidates running for council in the 8th District and 9th District, both located south of the river.
Reva Trammell: Trammell, the incumbent, is a Democratic candidate and life-long resident of Richmond’s 8th District. Trammell is keen on improving Richmond’s job market and minimizing its poverty rate. As well as affordable housing, Trammell is focused on creating more jobs in the River City. With more jobs, fewer citizens will be stricken by poverty.
Amelia Lightner: As a retired technology technician and elected labor union vice president, Lightner looks to use her experience as a community leader as a springboard to help her guide the district in the right direction. Lightner is a team builder looking to work collaboratively with residents, police and fire departments, the business community and city administration.
Germika Pegram: Pegram is looking to improve multiple areas in dire need of attention for Richmond including education, affordable housing and transportation, diversity and public safety. In particular, Pegram points to a stable education system as one of the driving forces behind a strong community.
Without proper education and resources, students face a higher chance to prioritize their need for survival rather than learning and engaging in constructive activities that are age appropriate.
Marcus Squires: A 2015 graduate of VCU, Squires has plenty of experience in community outreach thanks to his tenure as Chair of RichmondUpon the Thames Commission. Squires is looking to improve the district school systems as well as its public spending. There are busy portions of Richmond still lacking suitable areas for citizens to safely walk to school, work or simply down the street, which Squires believes should not be an issue in any American city.
Leon Benjamin: If there is one thing Benjamin wants to replenish in the city of Richmond, it’s the ailing job market. Benjamin stresses that when people are working, they are able to support their families and keep them from succumbing to financial crises. With a better job market, poverty will decrease and real estate value will rise.
Michael J. Jones: Jones is a Portsmouth-born democratic candidate. Jones is keen on improving Richmond’s city streets, schools and finances and looks to unite the Richmond community to help accelerate the process. You can read more about Jones’ plan here.