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Vote for Alex Mejias on Tuesday

Hey folks!

There is a Democratic Primary this Tuesday for the 70th House District, and I’m supporting Alex Mejias.

Straight up – I have great respect for Delegate McQuinn as a person, and for her years of public service. If she continues to serve, we are in good hands.

I have an excitement, though, for Alex’s candidacy and potential.

I think we have a special opportunity here to elect Alex. He is a blend of young, educated, aware, and committed that would make him a great representative for and of the area.

I like that Alex has made an intentional commitment to the city and to the neighborhood. He is raising a family here, and has young daughters growing up as neighborhood children.

Even though I am a non-religious person myself, I admire Alex’s involvement in East End Fellowship. This is great community within our larger community, with a key tenet of racial reconciliation.

I see Alex’s candidacy as an outgrowth of his desire to be civically engaged. He wants to make the world a better place, and he is both idealistic and practical enough to make things happen. Last year, Alex organized Businesses for Black Lives, a conversation between local business leaders and law enforcement around issues of race and policing. This led to the formation of the Business Coalition for Justice, aiming to address these issues on a practical level and on a policy level. He also volunteers at the Richmond City Justice Center, organizing worship services for offenders in the facility.

I love that Alex is both a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a musician.

The son of a Puerto Rican and the grandson of a Haitian immigrant, I think Alex’s candidacy offers our community an opportunity to vote for a future that reconciles so many of the issues that have dogged Richmond for decades.

– John Murden

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Amie Lynn Hall
Amie Lynn Hall
2020 years ago

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Kelly Eichfeld
Kelly Eichfeld
2020 years ago

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Marion Forsyth Werkheiser
Marion Forsyth Werkheiser
2020 years ago

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Montserrat
Montserrat
3 years ago

John,
How does being the son of a Puerto Rican and the grandson of a Haitian immigrant make Mejias a good candidate? We can discuss his qualifications for the office and professional background but his mixed race background is supposed to convince us of what exactly? That he’s a conciliatory figure? That he’s a mixed race messiah who’s going to solve Richmond’s deep race/class schisms? I call bullshit on this racial politics of representation. The majority of Afro-descent folks in the Americas are mixed race. Hell, I’m Haitian, Cuban and French. Should I run for the office? Come on John.

Tina Bujno
Tina Bujno
2020 years ago

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Ava Louise
Ava Louise
2020 years ago

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ray
ray
3 years ago

Endorsing candidates?

Your site, your right but also a slippery slope…

Dubois2
Dubois2
3 years ago

Point by point: — Since it appears we are doing testimonials, I truly have to disagree. My personal experience with Mr Mejias is… that he is no reconcilitor. And suggesting that a mixed race heritage makes a person a conciliatory figure….. Huey P Newton or Ward Connerly anyone? — Racial issues have been an integral part of Richmond culture for centuries, not issues that have dogged the city for decades. — the east end fellowship is strong where we live, in the upper Chimborazo area. They are famous on the street for protecting perpetrators from “the system” even when the… Read more »

EastEnder
EastEnder
3 years ago

He’s active in the East End Fellowship?

I guess I’m going to do more research on McQuinn.

While the East End fellowship have been involved in some good works, their idea of racial conciliation, as espoused by many of the members I’ve spoken with, is deeply problematic and disturbing.

I’ve witnessed them make excuses for violent drug dealers because they’re “black and poor.” Pretty simplistic logic…

Dave Seibert
Dave Seibert
3 years ago

Alex is good people.

Neighbor
Neighbor
3 years ago

Not necessarily surprising to see negative comments on CHPN, but it’s disappointing to see such hateful language being espoused about a guy who is a legitimately good person. My family has been positively impacted by Alex’s family, and he’d be a great representative. I think John lays out a pretty clear case for why Alex would represent part of our neighborhood well, it’s the things he has DONE not just his race.

Doug Kipps
Doug Kipps
2020 years ago

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Jonathan Chan
Jonathan Chan
2020 years ago

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Neighbor
Neighbor
3 years ago

I’d love to hear more about the candidates’ positions on our local schools and school choice. I know this is a city issue but evidence as public schools as a priority would go a long way for me. Thanks for your insightful thoughts.

Philip Wood
Philip Wood
2020 years ago

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Montserrat
Montserrat
3 years ago

I don’t think the criticisms are hateful. When I read John’s endorsement, I see Mejias as someone who has been involved in the Business Coalition for Justice and who has created worship services in the Justice Center. I would love to discuss his qualifications and positions on critical issues. I don’t see how John’s mention of his mixed race heritage has anything to do with the position he’s running for. If anything, it reads super weird.

mary
mary
3 years ago

Last month Chelsea Clinton said “…I think we all have a responsibility to not stay silent now. I think we have to speak up and use whatever platforms we have and certainly social media is part of that.”

So far comments here haven’t reached the heights as recently expressed by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillebrand when she hit an idea from a politician she doesn’t like: “No, fuck no.”

CHPN is about as social as media can get so speaking up is a good thing.

Rick Tatnall
Rick Tatnall
3 years ago

Montserrat, while in no way speaking for John Murden, I would like to qualify why the racial background information provided by John about Alex Mejias is relevant and not super weird. Race is a really important factor in the 70th District and Mr. Mejias’ opponent, Delores McQuinn, has made a career of playing the race card, although she only considers one race. The 70th District and the entire Richmond Region is becoming more multi-racial and multi-cultural and I believe John was trying to make the point that Mr. Mejias has the background to truly understand the racial complexities of his… Read more »

Liz Morton
Liz Morton
2020 years ago

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Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
3 years ago

Picking up on one of the girls signs “Jesus Loves Everyone”, I have yet to find anything on his web page or online about his stance on gay issues?

Eric Huffstutler
Eric Huffstutler
3 years ago

Of course I mean that this includes all of the LGBTQ community 🙂

Clay Street
Clay Street
3 years ago

Anyone can explore the legislative history of Delegate McQuinn here and decide for themselves if she is a truly representative official for her constituents via the legislation she has sponsored, or if someone new may be worthy of a shot at representing the 70th:

https://www.richmondsunlight.com/legislator/dlmcquinn/

Pam Clarke
Pam Clarke
2020 years ago

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Ned Haley
Ned Haley
2020 years ago

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Alex Mejias
Alex Mejias
3 years ago

First, I want to say thank you to CHPN for their endorsement, I have a lot of respect for this site, so this means a great deal to me. I wanted to post a few thoughts to answer some of the questions from this thread – but I think many of these topics would be worthy of a larger conversation, which I am happy to have anytime. On public schools, I am an RPS parent, so our local schools are incredibly important to me. We need to come together as leaders, parents, teachers, and community members to make sure that… Read more »

Catherine Illian
Catherine Illian
3 years ago

I have known Alex for 20 years. I respect the research he has done on what issues he would like to propose in the GA and appreciate the leadership he would bring to such topics as criminal justice reform and looking more closely at the funding formula for public schools. In short he has done his homework around issues that would directly affect his constituents and what he could do to serve them as a delegate.

Corey Widmer
Corey Widmer
3 years ago

Apart from having a deep grasp on the issues facing our region, Alex is man of tremendous integrity . We would be well served with him as our delegate.

ray
ray
3 years ago

If you don’t win, Alex, I hope you will consider a future run for City Council.

Go Warriors
Go Warriors
3 years ago

Based on his NBA fandom alone, he has my vote

AL
AL
3 years ago

@ Alex Mejias

Thank you for your clarity on your views of the LGBTQ community/equal rights. That is huge for me.

Jen
Jen
3 years ago

Delore McQuinn has done some good things, but she became Speaker Howell’s lap dog when he placed her on the House of Delegates appropriations committee. I also think she’s kinda corrupt and found it pretty suspicious when Alex’s campaign office was broken into.

I’ve met and spoken with Alex on different occasions. I believe he’s got a lot of heart, integrity and vision for making Virginia a progressive state. I support him 100 percent.

Bill Conkle
Bill Conkle
3 years ago

John Murden’s endorsement carries a lot of weight with me.

N. 35TH ST
N. 35TH ST
3 years ago

I will be voting for Alex tomorrow based on his thoughtful responses on this thread and others as well as his position on the issues. Our district is fortunate to have him.

Jason Gonzalez
Jason Gonzalez
2020 years ago

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Kay9
Kay9
3 years ago

Sorry, I vote Republican…it’s important that we get a Republican Governor back in Virginia. Virginia has suffered under McAuliffe’s policies.

Clay Street
Clay Street
3 years ago

Since we’re talking about elections, I’d like to share a link to a piece on a candidate on a down-ballot race that’s still really important–Sheriff of city of richmond. Antoinette Irving is challenging Sheriff Woody in the primary tomorrow, please check this out so you will be informed about your options for Sheriff–if you are concerned about issues at Richmond city jail and schools-to-prison pipeline, this is relevant. Antoinette grew up in Creighton and has a long career as a LE officer. In this brief interview piece she reflects on growing up in public housing and discusses legacies of HUD… Read more »

MHB
MHB
3 years ago

Hear, hear #24, not everyone in this community is voting Democrat.

E
E
3 years ago

Republicans get my vote! 🙂

crd
crd
3 years ago

@25 Clay Street, Thank you, Irving has my vote!

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

#24 – From all the pictures I’ve seen and the face-to-face encounters, McAuliffe’s in a hair competition with the President..Truly bizarre do! Does anyone know if the gov’s hair is his own or was it store-bought?

EastEnder
EastEnder
3 years ago

@ Clay Street,
Thanks for the information on Irving. I appreciate it.

Leslie Moore
Leslie Moore
3 years ago

Alex got my vote when I talked to him about the inequities of the State Funding Formula for public schools. This is a major issue which is unlikely to be solved in one term, but I know that Alex will bring it to the fore. Although we are retired with grown children, this issue is hugely important to us for the sake of the children of the city.

E
E
3 years ago

#30 – No offense, but hairstyle is not relevant in politics.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

#33 – That’s one of the funniest statements I’ve read since Donald Trump started campaigning and democrats went crazy about his hair.

E
E
3 years ago

#34 – Call me old fashion, but I was under the impression politics are about policies. I tend to disregard people’s shallow criticisms about how someone looks as relevant political commentary. To each is own.

mary
mary
3 years ago

#35 – That does seem a bit “old fashion.” For instance, long ranking democrat Chuck “can’t keep my glasses up” Schumer stated in a video just a couple of days ago how important the President’s hair is, telling Trump “You have great hair, nobody has better hair than you…” (Although I still think Virginia’s governor might run a close second hair wise but way down near the bottom policy wise.)

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