With still no word on whether Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille or School Board Representative Don Coleman will be seeking reelection in this crazy ass election cycle, the first official candidate has stepped up for the 7th District Council seat.
I am Joe Cook and I will be running for the 7th District of the Richmond City Council. I have lived in the 7th district for 10 years and want to help.
A single father and resident of Greater Fulton, Cook says his initial motivation to run was to ensure that there was a choice on the ballot this fall.
“I vote every time the ballot comes up, but for democracy you need more than one person to run,” he says. It’s become more than that for him, though.
“In talking to people, I keep hearing that they really want someone to represent them. It’s become a little bit of calling.”
A widower and full-time dad, Cook worked for 30 years in business related information technology.
“My jobs have always been to analyze needs and turn them into solutions,” Cook explains, drawing a connection to the council position.
“One of the biggest things that I worry about as a citizen is the way that the city is spending it’t money, not sure if its being spent in the right places.”
Cook has not yet filed a finance report for the election.