Third District Councilman Chris Hilbert will face at least one challenger when he runs for re-election in the fall. Jonathan Davis, a longtime district resident and community activist, says he'll officially announce his candidacy Feb. 25.
"The people of the 3rd District deserve to have a voice," Davis says, "and I don't think they have much of one right now." He plans to campaign on promises to "fight for schools," crack down on crime and revitalize Brookland Park Boulevard and North Avenue on the North Side.
Davis, 47, teaches graphic design at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center and lives in Battery Park with his wife and their three children, ages 14, 13 and 7.
The former president of the Battery Park Civic Association, Davis says he first thought about running in 2004 but decided to wait. When Tropical Storm Ernesto flooded Battery Park in 2006, he says Hilbert's reaction underwhelmed him.
"The city did a good job restoring the pipes over here and did a fairly good job of restoring the park," Davis says, "but our City Council representative was not over here at all."
Hilbert says he was there to help. "I was there all day when the flooding happened," he says, adding that he also contributed personally to the cleanup efforts. "I was in a suit that was completely soaked through. I visited the shelter of the Arthur Ashe Center."
Hilbert, who works for Virginia Housing Development Authority, unseated incumbent Bill Johnson in 2004. He serves as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and the panel investigating Wilder's aborted eviction attempt of the School Board Sept. 21.
"I've been looking out for the taxpayers," Hilbert says, "looking out for safer streets and better city schools, and I'll continue doing that as long as the people will have me." Click here for more News and Features