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Ballot for sheriff, treasurer will include wacky roster of independents

Nichole Ona R. Armstead and Antoinette Irving won the Democratic primaries for Treasurer and Sheriff respectively earlier this month. Ned Oliver has word that each will face independent challengers this fall.

Irving will face Nicole D. Jackson and perennial ballot squatter Emmett J. Jafari. Jackson appears to be a qualified candidate, with years of experience in the Richmond sheriff’s office. Jafari has previously unsuccessfully run for the 8th district school board seat in 2000, sheriff in 2001, mayor in 2004, sheriff in 2005, and clerk of the court in 2011 and 2014.

In what is looking like magic mashup of Richmond politics past and present, Armstead (the daughter of former Richmond City Councilman Chuck Richardson) will be running against former one-term council representative and 4th-place mayoral candidate Michelle Mosby, and former council representative L. Shirley Harvey. Harvey represented the 6th District for 2 years during the mid-1990s and has lost a string of contests since then – she ran as an at-large candidate for mayor last year and 2012 and 2008, came in 3rd in the 2009 House of Delegates District 69 contest, finished a distant 2nd in the 2005 House of Delegates District 69 election, and handily lost the 2004 Richmond City City Council District 6 election. While on council Harvey earned her place in the Richmond political and 1990s history books “by leading a sunrise prayer service on City Hall’s observation deck, where she spoke in tongues and prayed against evil spirits.”

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crd
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I think Harvey also walked backwards around the observation deck, while doing all the things described above (speaking in tongues, etc.).

Will hall
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I think that Irving will do a good job if elected sheriff. A few year’s ago I remember watching her on stage leading security for Lance Watson at St Paul’s Baptist night club, oops, I meant church on Creighton road. I never seen a preacher get treated like a celebrity

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@2 I agree with you, I think Irving will do fine. She’s getting my vote. Lance Watson is pretty impressive, have you ever heard him preach? I did, at St. Paul’s Episcopal downtown during a Lenten Lunch series. He’s smart and very well spoken, and had even that staid audience going, to say nothing of his own parishioners who came to hear him.

I haven’t decided if I want Chuck Richardson’s daughter or Shirley Harvey giving out hunting and fishing licenses.

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crd-to some extent Harvey’s prayers were answered during the tim kaine years. with a little help from comey, lee young, joel harris and ms. Ralston soon departed. I will vote to buy my fishing license from harvey

crd
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@4 actually I probably will, too. It will be the first and only time I’ve voted for her.

Will Hall
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@crd To answer your question, yes, I’ve heard him preach. My family has been members of his church since the 80’s.We first joined in the 80’s, when I was a little boy, and he had a church in church hill that was so big, that if you wanted to see his services,and if you came in to late, you had to go into the basement, and watch him preach on a large screen. I was a member of his church when he built that large church on Creighton road back in 2000-correct me if I’m wrong. I was a member… Read more »

crd
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@6 I believe you, thanks for sharing. He did endorse Irving, too.

Eric Huffstutler
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I am not quite sure what to make of the picture of Harvey above? Pretty lady, awkward picture of her and her dog (he has a “hurry up and get this picture taken so she can put me down” look). And then, trying to have a nice backdrop but with discarded tires on the ground?

Emmett Johnson Jafari
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Hello – I’m the so-called “Ballot-Squatter” you reference. As the editor of this publication you take great leeway in your descriptive liberties. Your proclivity for advancing favorable sentiments for select candidates while besmirching non-preferred candidates obviates in your style. Just to be clear, you failed to mention that Ms. Irving has been in some 3-4 sheriff campaigns herself. Nor did you mention that my last election effort, in 2014, garnered over 9000 votes. You may consider my efforts as “Ballot Squatting” but the individual citizens who have increasingly recognized my skills and commitment to the City obviously do not share… Read more »

Jerome Legions
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I have to agree with your statement that Nicole Jackson appears to be a qualified candidate, with years of experience in the Richmond sheriff’s office. I have been paying attention to her campaign and it seems like other folks agree with you as well in particularly follow deputies, former police officer and military veterans. I just saw an endorsement from First Sgt Officer Shaun Jones and Dr. Greg Perry Chief of Police Retired on Nicole Jackson’s facebook page. John Cox and Ken Ballos are on board with this campaign to elect Nicole Jackson as the next sheriff of Richmond. Ms.… Read more »

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Antionette Irving is the most qualified candidate, is the Democratic nominee, and has done a lot of good up here in Church Hill where she’s lived for decades. She’s got my vote.

I also think Nicole Armstead is the best candidate for Treasurer. What do you think about that race, Jerome Legions?

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As a former sheriff of City of Richmond Office, I feel Jackson would be the most qualified candidate for the Richmond City Sheriff Office. With her pass background in police work, training, and prior work at the sheriff office, she would do a great job. I feel she would take the sheriff office to a higher level for the City of Richmond. As a voter, we should stop thinking about voting for a party but vote for the most qualified candidate.

Jerome Legions
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Hello Ray, The reason why I am voting and campaigning for Nichole Armstead is not because she won the democratic nomination. It is because when she decided to run she looked at the treasurer’s office and decided that it could be doing more. By enhancing the services provided by the treasurer’s office is the best way to be in service for the Citizens of Richmond. She has stayed true to her vision of improving the services provided by the treasurer’s office. Nichole also gathered knowledgeable people around her in order to get ideas about running a political campaign. However, Nichole… Read more »

Will Hall
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@Ray What has Antionette Irving done for Church hill? The only placed that she’s done alot of work for is St Paul’s Baptist Church, and where she was a major for Henrico jail. The only thing that Ive seen her do in church hill was have her supporters work outside of the polling stations, during last years election, handing out flyers, persuading people to vote for her. Im an election official for these polls, and you have to stand 40 feet from these stations if your going to campaign for yourself. Somehow, her campaign got away with this, especially at… Read more »

crd
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There will also be a referendum question on the ballot regarding the school modernization charter change. Anyone here familiar with that?

ray
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Mr. Hall, the following link about the Foundation she established should answer you question:

http://avi-foundation.org/index.html

Will Hall
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@ray Ok that’s kind of odd, because I been in the east end for over 30 years and I haven’t heard, or even seen this organization in the community. Not saying that they haven’t done anything positive, but if this organization has done anything, it’s on a small, level. The only place that I’ve seen her active is in St Paul’s Baptist Church on Crater Road. http://www.myspbc.org She’s really helped Lance Watson build the megachurch,which, in my opinion, doesn’t look like a church inside, but a coliseum, and he even endorsed her for Sheriff. That’s where she’s been the most… Read more »

crd
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@17 thank you. http://putschoolsfirst.org/ is basic information.

ray
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Lanny and CRD –

I agree with Michael Paul Williams that the referendum looks like a gimmick.

Bill
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Promises from politicians over the last 30 years to fix city school buildings is the real gimmic

Clay Street
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The referendum doesn’t mean anything until and unless legislation is passed. The referendum is saying “if congress enacts legislation that could allow this to happen, then Richmond is committed to implementing it to fix up school buildings.” The special exemption that Maggie Walker Governors School got to use historic tax credits for development and the public/private partnership involved in that could be a dynamic model for future infrastructure uplifts. The HTC model is one already embraced by developers and investors. Kaine, Warner and McEachin are saying–let’s apply it to school buildings and everyone wins. Here is a link to a… Read more »

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#20 – One more thing about RPS (on this post about getting to vote for some people) – RPS and the “sunk cost trap” to the ongoing detriment of city taxpayers: “DEFINITION of ‘Sunk Cost Trap’ The tendency of people to irrationally follow through on an activity that is not meeting their expectations because of the time and/or money they have already spent on it.”

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#23 Clay Street – Here is the petition language from the site mentioned in #20. Where does it say anything about historic tax credits? The Petition of Qualified Voters for Referendum: Section 6.15 – FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. (a) Preamble – “Education is the great equalizer” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely taught us. In their historic Brown v Board of Education decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court said “education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.” They concluded the opportunity for an education “is a right which must be made available to all… Read more »

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Taken from the State website, here is what will be on the ballot on Nov. 7: PROPOSITION A: Shall the Charter of the City of Richmond be amended as follows: Section 6.15 – Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunities. (a) Preamble “Education is the great equalizer” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely taught us. In their historic Brown v. Board of Education decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court said “education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.” They concluded the opportunity for an education “is a right which must be made available to all on equal… Read more »

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@25 Ray: it doesn’t, but that could be a big part of any plan to do school modernization construction. Both Sen. Kaine and Rep. McEachin have pending bills in congress to alter the historic preservation tax credit conditions so that schools could be renovated and tax credits used. Because Virginia also has historic tax credits, the total between the fed and state credits would be 45% of the cost – and that’s huge.

@23 Clay St., thank you for putting it so clearly! (Obviously I’m also in favor of the referendum).

Clay Street
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@Ray, you are right, I truly thought it spelled it out more clearly and it does not say that in the body of the text. Hmm. My understanding from acquaintances involved in the initiative is that it’s basically a legal way to force the schools and the mayor to consider taking advantage of the legislation that is about to go through, as soon as it happens. But you are right in that it doesn’t specifically mention it. The city (if the referendum passes) has to produce a report saying either “we can and will fix schools with no tax increase”… Read more »

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Yes, I get it #27 crd that tax credits could be part of a plan to modernize schools. Quite frankly, that’s been obvious for quite a while which is why Kaine, McEachin and others are sponsoring this legislation in Congress. But how does voting for this city charter change referendum, which does not even mention historic tax credits, accomplish this? You posted it yourself, read the language and tell me where it mentions historic tax credits. Clay Street could not find it, I could’nt find it, maybe you can. Something just smells fishy with this latest Paul Goldman inspired scheme.… Read more »

bill
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a charter change if it happens would require the mayor to layout a plan to finance school modernization without relying on a tax increase.(see your post b&c)over 16,000 city voters signed on to this. are they wrong? what is your solution ?

Clay Street
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Currently using HTC for public infrastructure is not allowed, the MWGS got kind of special dispensation. How can the referendum refer to legislation that hasn’t passed yet? I think it’s a call to action to the city to put up or shut up. Either come up with a plan to fix school buildings (which are atrocious–seriously, chunks of asbestos falling on students while in class, overflowing toilets that spew sewage, etc.) OR explicitly say that they city and RPS cannot fix schools without outside help/tax increases. What are the potential negative impacts of the referendum? It is asking for a… Read more »

crd
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@31 Clay Street, there are no negative impacts. As you said, it’s asking for a report, that’s all.

As to historic tax credits being mentioned – it’s a local piece of legislation, it cannot pull in federal stuff in the language.

This is actually very simple. I think that’s why folks are looking for something more, but it is exactly what it looks like at face value.

@30, I have no argument, obviously over 16,000 people signed off on a petition to put this on the ballot, it should be on the ballot and people should vote for it. Very simple.

ray
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It will pass because it sounds good and harmless, no argument here. But, on the surface, other than a public statement that people want something done to modernize schools, it seems to accomplish nothing other than to clutter the city charter and, I guess, make people feel better. If people really want to put funding into modernizing schools, why not a referendum to increase local taxes for that very purpose? We can do that right here at the city level and get the money NOW, rather than waiting for this magic money that could eventually appear with the federal tax… Read more »

Clay Street
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That’s a great question–Jeff Bourne has McClellan’s old delegate seat and used to be on Richmond School Board, I don’t know his position (or other delegates who represent Richmond City–Loupassi, Betsy Carr, Dolores McQuinn—the latter two are DPVA faithful). From what I can tell Richmond City Dems are in line with Mayor Stoney in not necessarily jumping up and down about it. I have little faith the education compact is going to go anywhere, frankly. School Board inner workings are a mess.

bill
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so ray #33 you want to raise taxes as a first resort? or will you rely on what the mayor/delegate thinks?

ray
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#35 bill L, if people are really serious about raising funds to modernize schools NOW, it’s the only realistic option in light of the facts that 1)Richmond’s borrowing capacity is maxed out and 2)any magic money that would come about IF Congress finally passes historic tax credits legislation — it’s nothing new, it’s been proposed and supported by certain legislators in Congress for years — wouldn’t filter down here until years in the future. And, I’ll agree with the mayor/delegate if I think they are right and disagree with them if I think they are wrong. That said, and I… Read more »

crd
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@33 ray, which taxes do you want to hike? we already pay horrendous restaurant taxes, want to up those? what about real estate taxes? They are already among the highest in the state. I’m being serious here, I’m curious as to what you think should be raised as a first resort, rather than making the mayor and council actually think this thru.

Better yet – why not give this a chance first? Seems to me that a few people here are second guessing something that they, at the same time, agree with and think should/will pass.

ray
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Dreams are nice, crd, but look at this referendum REALISTCIALLY. Our kids deserve better than vague promises. We can’t afford unrealistic promises of magic money that might fall from the sky I the future. We can not afford to lose another generation.

Clay Street
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Clay Street

Richmond may no longer annex county land, so its physical footprint is set in stone. Rezoning needs to happen. Let’s stop endless development of rental properties that have no other resources mapped into them. Incentivize New Market Tax Credits that mean not only added jobs but they also capture the sales & use and BPOL taxes associated with mixed use and retail business. Sell off vacant properties that are not being maintained by absentee property owners. Seize tax-delinquent properties and incentivize development. The city actually has a great Economic & Community Development office, but is hamstrung by other parts of… Read more »

Clay Street
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Also: there is a 3rd district meeting with the candidates for 3rd district SB, RVAdirt is live-tweeting, questions about school referendum are being asked to Cindy Menz-Erb, Joann Henry and Kenya Gibson.

crd
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@39 Clay St., we aren’t the only city pushing for the historic tax credit change. Philadelphia recently endorsed it too. https://phila.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3154758&GUID=A73ACB1F-4127-4761-A7B9-EA823904D79C&Options=ID%7CText%7C&Search=170734