Chris Hilbert running for re-election to City Council not for Mayor

I am not the most handsome guy out there, but during this campaign you’ll be seeing a lot of me.

Official announcement:

After a lot of thought and consideration and receiving feedback from many people around our City and especially from people within the 3rd district, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for Mayor of Richmond in 2016. I want to thank all of the people who were so generous with their advice and counsel as I considered a race for Mayor. To even be mentioned as a possible candidate for this important office is indeed an honor. In the final analysis, the most pertinent questions were: What is our city’s biggest need at this critical time ? Where would my talents be put to their best use in meeting the needs of the people of Richmond ?

With those two questions foremost in my mind, I am announcing today that I will be seeking re-election as the City Council Representative of the Northside 3rd District for the City of Richmond. Next January, the City will have at least 4 new councilpersons and a new Mayor. It is critical that we have someone with proven leadership experience on the next council. These are serious times that call for serious people and on the job training will not do.

Working with you, Northside has made significant progress during the past 12 years:

Crime has been reduced signficantly;

Improvements along southern Chamberlayne Av., with over $30MM in privately owned apartments supplying much needed student housing;

Thriving business corridors along MacArthur and Bellevue Avenues

Our largest employer, Virginia Union University is growing for the first time in decades

Our beloved Battery Park has been restored from the devastating floods and

Bryan Park is still the jewel of the city every spring with its magnificent azalea gardens.

I enjoy serving the people of my district and there’s more work to be done.

Working with you, we will revitalize Brookland Park Blvd. to create more shopping opportunities and jobs for our residents.

Working with you, we will improve our neighborhoods by investing in sidewalks, paving the streets and maintaining our alleys;

Working together, we will improve our schools by creating safe and effective environments where teachers can teach and children can learn

I am not the most handsome guy out there, but during this campaign you’ll be seeing a lot of me. When you get the chance take a look at my website, and find out more about our campaign. Give me the opportunity to continue to work with you for a better Richmond.

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Richard Hayes

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