The Richmond City Council is weighing a proposal that would reduce severance payments, such as those paid by then-Mayor Dwight C. Jones to his political appointees, by about 40 percent.
Richmond Councilwoman Kimberly B. Gray, who made the proposal, said the changes would put the city’s severance payouts in line with what Henrico County and the state provide.
Kim Gray got a bit of upsetting news from one of her daughters on election night in 2008.
The girl alerted her mother — a candidate for a seat on Richmond’s School Board at the time — that two men were taking her campaign signs from outside a polling place at Carver Elementary and putting them in the trunk of their car.
Gray wasn’t about to stand for that.
Members of the incoming Richmond City Council expressed broad agreement last week that new anti-corruption policies should be put in place following the conclusion of a 10-month investigation into Mayor Dwight C. Jones.
“I think we’re at a pivotal point here in Richmond in terms of bringing public confidence back in city government, so I think this is an opportunity for us to change how things have been done in the past,” said Kristen Larson, who won election last month to replace outgoing Councilwoman Kathy C. Graziano representing Forest Hill, Westover Hills and Stony Point.
There are three candidates for City Council in the city’s 2nd District: Charlie Diradour, a 52-year-old real estate developer; Kim Gray, a 45-year-old Realtor; and Rebecca K. W. Keel, a 24-year-old conflict resolution trainer.
Here’s where they stand on the election and the issues facing the city.
Members of the Richmond City Democratic Committee endorsed a slate of 17 City Council and School Board candidates at their meeting Thursday night.
On the City Council, the committee endorsed three of five incumbents running for re-election: 3rd District Councilman Chris Hilbert, 5th District Councilman Parker Agelasto and 7th District Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille.
The Richmond mayoral contest isn’t the only local election drawing a bumper crop of candidates: With every race contested, 58 city residents have filed paperwork to run for 18 seats on the City Council and the School Board.
That’s 17 more candidates than sought office during the 2012 election, and with only five incumbents seeking re-election to the City Council and another five seeking re-election to the School Board, both bodies have the potential to look starkly different come January.