Melissa Vaughn

Mayoral Playlist with Levar Stoney, by WRIR 97.3FM DJ Sean Lovelace

What music are you currently listening to?

You know what? I’m a big hip hop guy, believe it or not. 35 years old and I grew up in the Biggie Smalls/Notorious BIG era, you know P Diddy and all that stuff, Bad Boy. I listen to a lot of hip hop. What I’m listening to now, what gets me hype before going into different debates and forums and what not is a little Kendrick Lamar “Alright”. I listen to a lot of Drake as well. And sometimes I go old school and put some Notorious BIG, some Biggie.

Any local artists that you enjoy?

You know what I will admit I have not been in tune in terms of finding some local artists. I’ll admit I’m as boring as all get out sometimes. I probably need to get out some more.

What song or artist do you put on to get pumped?        

Gosh to get pumped I go some different places here. I do some Hip Hop, like I said, a little Kendrick Lamar. What’s it called, Seven Nation Army (hums bass riff). What else do I do? I will end up with some Drake.  This song called “Used To” by Drake that gets me, “takes some getting used to.”

And what do you listen to when you want to relax?

Gosh when I relax... I’m a jazz guy when I relax. Whether it’s Coltrane you know, I’m more of a jazz guy. I also like some oldies, too. James Brown, Temptations, that’s old I know, but that’s what I listen to. Sam Cooke, those are my guys. 

Were you in band in school and if so what instrument did you play?

Do I look like I play an instrument? I talk for a living. No no no, I play no instruments. I never learned how to, anything of the sort. They tried to get me to play the recorder back in elementary school and I was awful at that.

What radio station is your car receiver tuned to?

92.1 and 106.5 the Beat. 

 

Questions and article by Sean Lovelace, WRIR 97.3 FM DJ, Cosmic Slop

Interview by Don Harrison, WRIR 97.3 FM Host of Open Source RVA

Edited by Melissa Vaughn

One Question with... Milondra Coleman

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?"

Milondra Coleman is a native Richmonder, history teacher in the Richmond Public School System, motivational speaker and author. This lady loves to educate herself! She holds numerous advanced degrees --  a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law; a M. Div. from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University; a M.A. in Christian Education; a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; and a M.A.T. from Mary Baldwin College .  Next month she is hosting a bus tour based on her book  Black Owned .  Dr. Milondra Coleman is running for City Council in the 3rd District. 

Milondra Coleman is a native Richmonder, history teacher in the Richmond Public School System, motivational speaker and author. This lady loves to educate herself! She holds numerous advanced degrees -- a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law; a M. Div. from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University; a M.A. in Christian Education; a D. Min. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; and a M.A.T. from Mary Baldwin College.  Next month she is hosting a bus tour based on her book Black Owned. Dr. Milondra Coleman is running for City Council in the 3rd District. 

"As a result of this campaign, I have met a number of great Richmond residents and hardworking City of Richmond employees. Both groups have shared some serious issues to which we must tend. As such, regardless of the outcome of the November 8th election, I am committed to connecting with the aforementioned individuals and working to fix the areas in which Richmond is suffering. In doing so, I will be on the path to fulfilling my mandate of making our City, my hometown, a better Richmond.”

 

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Farid Alan Schintzius and His Quest to Reform the Petition Process

UPDATED BELOW at 3:30 PM

This past Friday I spoke with Farid Alan Schintzius, a candidate for mayor whose petition to get on the ballot was rejected when the registrar's office disqualified a handful of signatures from the 8th district. "Well, those signatures must have been invalid!" you say. Not so fast, says Schintzius. “These voters were disqualified simply because they moved. They are on the lower end of the income scale. They are renters and some move frequently.” The people whose signatures were disqualified were “shocked and disturbed that they were denied their right to support a candidate despite the fact that they have been registered to vote and have voted in those districts for decades.”

Schintzius explains, “They [the registrar's office] regularly and systematically disqualify valid registered voters from being part of the petition process because their residence address, which is what is asked for on the petition, does not match the voter registration records as the address that they are registered at. If they were going to their polling place to vote, they would be able to vote. There is no reason why they cannot create a process that validates those registered voters despite the fact that they have a new address. “ He states that this is the basis for his lawsuit. Last week, his case was shifted to Federal Court. That hearing, set for this morning at 9:00 a.m., for an injunction, “a restraining order if you will,” is to prevent the State Board of Elections from printing the ballots and election materials until the lawsuit to restore him to the ballot has been heard. Shintzius is concerned about getting on the ballot and representing the people of Richmond, but his highest priority is changing the way the system works and making sure that all registered voters are able to participate on a fair and equitable basis.

“The system is set up to defend the ballot against candidates who won't do the work in the manner the registrar decides is appropriate to determine if the signatures are valid or not.” If the signatures get disqualified, they give the candidates too narrow of a window to fix it, and the evidence they require the candidates to provide to investigate, “they have right there at the registrar's office! They just don't want to do the work to look it up!”

If he and his co-plaintiffs (some of the owners of the disqualified signatures) win their lawsuit, the State Board of Elections will be required to make some changes. A suggestion is to update their petition procedures to include clarifications as simple as a box to check whether you reside at the address where you are registered to vote, and if not, enter your registration address. "Not sure how it will all get straightened out, but if we win they will be forced to straighten it out [the manner in which petition signatures have been verified in the past], across the state," Schintzius tells me.

Win or lose, Alan Schintzius won't stop until, “[I] ensure every registered voter that signs a petition will have their signatures recognized.”

And for those who have been wondering about that #RichmondFamous lawyer-turned-mayoral candidate representing Mr. Schintzius...

"Joe Morrissey has spent more time talking to reporters than he has spent on the lawsuit." Paul Goldman has put over 300 hours of work into the case. According to Mr. Schintzius, Morrissey is just signing papers and pulling in publicity, but since Goldman is licensed to practice in NJ instead of Virginia, the lawsuit is under the auspices of the firm. “Joe Morrissey is not representing the voters who are co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit." Morrissey is barred from practicing in federal court so Mr. Schintzius had to retain attorney the services of Mark Paullin.  Paullin is a local lawyer licensed to practice in federal court, hired to work with Paul Goldman to facilitate Goldman's one time admittance to work on the this case in Federal Court. 

UPDATE:  I just spoke with Mr. Schintzius after losing his bid for injunction this morning. Judge John Gibney found that the evidence wasn't there for the injunction, but is still moving forward rather quickly with the trial, set for Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. The Judge welcomed Paul Goldman to the Court after Mr. Paullin's efforts to get him admitted were successful.  Judge Gibney admonished both sides that this case is not over and cautioned the city about moving forward with election materials too quickly. 

 

One Question with... Donald Moss

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?"

Donald L. Moss, III is a Democratic activist and proud resident of Southern Barton Heights. He's running on a back-to-basics platform, " we need safe sidewalks, filled potholes, cut grass, and fully funded schools - not handouts to the Washington Redskins. " In his time serving the City of Richmond, he helped bring about WRIR 97.3FM, Richmond's low power radio station and restart the Southern Barton Heights Community Association, among many other accomplishments that you should check out on his campaign page (link below). Recently, he served as 1st Vice Chair of the Richmond City Democratic Committee.  Donald is running for City Council in the 6th District. 

Donald L. Moss, III is a Democratic activist and proud resident of Southern Barton Heights. He's running on a back-to-basics platform, "we need safe sidewalks, filled potholes, cut grass, and fully funded schools - not handouts to the Washington Redskins." In his time serving the City of Richmond, he helped bring about WRIR 97.3FM, Richmond's low power radio station and restart the Southern Barton Heights Community Association, among many other accomplishments that you should check out on his campaign page (link below). Recently, he served as 1st Vice Chair of the Richmond City Democratic Committee. Donald is running for City Council in the 6th District. 

"Sleep for a whole day, take my wife on twenty overdue dates, and then get back to work electing Democrats and leading community clean ups. "

 

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