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