Church Hill resident Joshua Williams has announced his candidacy for the 7th District City Council position:
I grew up in Richmond and will continue to grow up in Richmond. I gained experience as a corporate purchaser and an inventory manager at the director level for a local startup. During my time with them, we grew to be an international business. I started a small business in Richmond to work for myself and it is growing successfully. I have served 10 years in the Virginia Army National Guard and I am currently serving as a Company Commander and Blackhawk Aviator. I am running for City Council because I have the energy, passion and skill set necessary for effective management. I am constantly and continually energized by the amazing neighbors that we have in the District. On my walks through the neighborhood, I have had outstanding conversations with truly concerned and committed people. I believe that our council person should be responsive, dedicated and most importantly a servant. I will focus on the budget and getting the basics right; all too often the city fails at core functions. This is due to pure and simple mismanagement and a lack of accountability. It is time to get to work and remember who we work for. The people of the District have been building a wonderful place to live and be a part of. I want to learn from them, develop solutions, and build a long-term plan for re-development and preservation with transparency and with the meeting doors open.
He joins Joe Cook in challenging incumbent Cynthia Newbille for the 7th District City Council seat. Newbille was first elected to the seat in a 6-way contest in a special election in 2009, and ran unopposed in 2012. The filing deadline for candidates is June 14.