Earlier this week, we posted responses from two candidates in the 2nd and 3rd districts to a question posed by RVANews; two additional responses have been forwarded to us by RVANews. The question-and-answer is part of RVANews’ weekly Q&A with candidates for City Council and the mayor’s office. You can see Council candidates’ responses to […]
Earlier this week, we posted responses from two candidates in the 2nd and 3rd districts to a question posed by RVANews; two additional responses have been forwarded to us by RVANews. The question-and-answer is part of RVANews’ weekly Q&A with candidates for City Council and the mayor’s office. You can see Council candidates’ responses to the first question here, and Chris Hilbert and Charles Samuels‘ responses to the second question here.
Below are responses from Jonathan Davis (candidate for the 3rd District seat) and Tyron Bey (candidate for the 2nd District seat) to the question: “What are two qualities that people who know you well might say make you suited for the office you seek?”
Tyron Bey, 2nd District candidate
People who know me best, and are excited about this campaign, point out many qualities that I have which would make me a great councilman.
1. Passion for community: As a Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year, a CACIL member for 13 years, Youth Matters Board Member, Urban Land Institute Young Leader, Urban League Young Professional, Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee Member, NAACP Affordable Housing Committee Member, Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (Eta Chapter), 6th Mt. Zion Member, and countless other organizations, I have had the opportunity to work with many different facets of our community. All of these organizations work toward creating stronger communities which everyone can live in. I am proud to associate with all of these organizations and bring what they have taught me to the council. The diversity of these organizations is what help me want to make Richmond a city where everyone has a place. Everyone is loved. Everyone can contribute.
2. Audacity: The mere fact that I am running, knowing that I would be the underdog, shows that I am bold enough to try new things to push this city in a direction which will turn it into a top tier city. I haven’t been bought out by any special interest, nor do I have the political who’s who in my back pocket. I have a tenacious drive to make the audacious vision that my community has come to fruition, and it won’t be compromised.
Jonathan Davis, 3rd District candidate
I pride myself in being a leader with integrity and determination who is able to reach across boundaries and unite people from all backgrounds to work together toward a common goal. For all of my adult life, I have been dedicated to working to help communities and people to live a better life and to move forward in ways that would benefit them. It has always been my passion to offer hope and promise for a brighter future for my community, whether it was in the 3rd District or other parts of this great city. I do so without compromising my belief that what we are all united through a common thread which allows us to work together reaching across racial and socio-economic boundaries to create a life that is better for all citizens.
As far back as I can remember, I have always been a leader with determination and integrity, working in different capacities in the community. It is a position that I have always been comfortable holding and it is one that that I have always readily accepted. Over the last 30 years, I have been in positions wherein people have placed their trust in my determination to move them forward on matters of importance and to offer a vision of where we should be headed. Whether setting up relief centers for families displaced as a result of Hurricane Ernesto or working with the police department, citizens, and agencies throughout the city on crime control issues, I have always been a leader determined to make a difference. As the city councilman for the 3rd district, I will offer true leadership for the community with a determination to see that the needs of the district are met and I will never compromise my integrity for the sake of personal gain.