I ASKED THE CANDIDATES FOR EVERY RACE IN EVERY DISTRICT ACROSS THE CITY, "WHAT WILL YOU DO IF YOU DO NOT WIN YOUR RACE ON NOVEMBER 8TH?"
"Running for City Council is a unique opportunity for me. Being asked to run by several of my friends in the First District is an honor, but it also created a challenge. Being an eight year veteran working in City Hall, running for elected office meant leaving the job I had built and formed over the past several years. In deciding to run, I had to launch two startup businesses, one my campaign and the other my business. Who is going to hire a candidate anyway? I did what many experienced professionals do, take your experience and help consult others. I launched Civic Innovator LLC the same week I left my job at City Hall and launched my campaign for City Council. I am currently consulting innovative projects in Warsaw Poland and Athens Greece as well as helping with several projects stateside as well. It was my experience and skills I built working in City Hall that has created a wealth of opportunity to drive change elsewhere, and I was fortunate enough to be approached quickly to help other cities. However, my true passion is fixing Richmond. My campaign is focused on making City Hall work for the First District, and win or lose, I am committed to making this happen. I have plans to expand and continue my innovative consulting following the election and am working with an international foundation to partner with building and strengthening communities in Europe and the US next year. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue to drive change in cities by empowering residents with the resources needed to improve government, while supporting leaderships ability to use this engagement for lasting change. I am also open to working with the next Mayor on driving the organizational and innovative change each candidate has emphasized.
One thing I know for sure, is following the election, regardless of the outcome, I will be taking a well needed vacation. "