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.
Former city management analyst Andreas D. Addison, 34, clung to his narrow victory over former Army attack helicopter pilot and nonprofit consultant Harry H. Warner Jr., 55, for the seat representing the West End after absentee ballots were counted today.
Addison finished with 5,830 votes to Warner’s 5,604, a margin of just 226 votes, according to complete but unofficial results. A total of 13,163 ballots were cast in the election.
There are three candidates running for City Council in the city’s 1st District: Andreas D. Addison, a 34-year-old former city employee, Jonathan M. Cruise, a 33-year-old IT worker, and Harry H. Warner Jr., a 55-year-old nonprofit consultant.
Here’s where they stand on the election and the issues facing the city.
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.
The number of candidates vying to fill the 1st District City Council seat Jonathan T. Baliles is vacating to run for mayor has risen to three.
Andreas Addison, a management analyst in the city’s Department of Information Technology, announced this week he resigned from his job at City Hall to run for the seat.
Three more candidates have filed to run for Richmond City Council in the November election.
In the 1st District, which encompasses much of the city’s West End, Harry H. Warner Jr. filed paperwork and a petition to appear on the ballot.
Richmond City Councilman Jonathan T. Baliles says it will be “difficult, if not impossible” for him to support Mayor Dwight C. Jones’s proposal for a Shockoe Bottom ballpark unless significant questions about financial risk are answered, according to a letter the 1st District councilman wrote to the mayor this week.
In the six-page letter, Baliles thanked the mayor for introducing the proposal, saying it has “the potential to be far-reaching,” but he ticked off several specific concerns about the plan for the city to invest $79.6 million to bring about a baseball-anchored, mixed-use development in the Bottom while freeing land around The Diamond for redevelopment.