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?"
Win or lose, I plan to celebrate a new chapter in Richmond's leadership history and then rest for a couple of days. If I lose I will continue my work to help solve Richmond's problems by bringing creativity and collaboration to the places where I am already engaged.
Over the last year, I have helped the Richmond area Delegates and Senators re-engage in the Capitol Region Caucus to help promote RVA at the General Assembly after the caucus stopped meeting about five years ago. Without our legislators working together, RVA would miss out on opportunities that other regions get to capitalize on. I was also asked to lead the Capital Region Collaborative's Coordinated Transportation Action Team. Our goal as a team of business, community, and government leaders is to help set the tone and direction for solving the existing and future transportation problems facing the region.
Finally, I have just started working on project with my company and the City of Richmond to bring some skills training to city residents who need help getting retrained for the jobs that are available. All of the new businesses we are attracting to RVA (and the one's that have been here for generations) are facing a shortage of employees with both technical and soft skills. If Richmond can't show that we have the talented and trainable people to fill the jobs, those jobs will move to other cities. That's why I believe that our school system is the most important economic development project we have. Employers want to know that the students are being properly trained for life after graduation, and they want to guarantee that the moms and dads that work for them already have a quality school system for their kids.
Some new things for me will be joining the PTA when my daughter starts at Westover Hills Elementary school next year, and finding other ways to engage in promoting our schools. If I lose I will continue my fight to help solve Richmond's problems.
Richmond has a lot of positive forward momentum, but it also has a lot of challenges to overcome. To make any progress we all need to row in the same direction. I intended to keep rowing even if I lose.