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Joe Cook files for 7th District Council seat

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.

Joe Cook filed his paperwork on Wednesday. Not much info on his campaign Facebook except this:

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.

Joe Cook for Richmond City Council District 7
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11 comments

Silvio 04/01/2016 at 3:57 PM

He’s got my vote!

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crd 04/01/2016 at 4:20 PM

I met him last night, he had petitions at Poe’s during Happy Hour. Seemed personable, mentioned city financial issues as a concern.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 04/01/2016 at 5:43 PM

I know that CH has many issues but would like to be able to talk to him to find out where his head is concerning the preservation of Church Hill? At this point anyone will be better than what we have in place!

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Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia 05/13/2016 at 12:57 PM

[…] was first elected to the seat in a 6-way contest in 2009, and ran unopposed in 2012. Fulton resident Joe Cook has announced his candidacy for the seat in this year’s […]

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Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia 05/15/2016 at 6:08 PM

[…] joins Joe Cook in challenging incumbent Cynthia Newbille for the 7th District City Council seat. Newbille was […]

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Sarah G. 06/08/2016 at 1:49 PM

Yes he is very nice I met him at Poe’s and he was very professional !!

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7th District City Council and School Board Candidates Guide - Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia 06/20/2016 at 7:25 AM

[…] Joe Cook10 year resident of Fulton, retired IT professionalFacebook | joe-c-cook.org | CHPN Interview 2016 […]

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