T Harv 
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Re: “The 2016 Richmond Power List: Politics

The Only Proven Leader Yet Not Listed...

Let me qualify everything I am about to say by stating that I AM A RICHMONDER, I wasn’t born here but I have spent the last 16 years of my life (all of my adult life) here; I came here out of college and will more than likely stay here for the rest of my life. I have always worked in and had a vested interest in the well-being of this capital city- RVA. I LOVE RICHMOND AND AM EXCITED ABOUT IT. Richmond is on the cusp and precipice of something great, everyone can feel it- many want a piece of it and others I suspect want it all for themselves and this is what makes this election year so very special and simultaneously so very critical.
I have been watching with great anticipation (and sometimes horror) the evolution of the RVA Mayoral Race for 2016; ever since the conversion of the governmental structure to a Council-Mayor Form of government (as well as the individual 125k salary that eclipses 50% of all 9 Councilmembers combined) there has been much interest. Former Gov. L Douglas Wilder took the 1st term and fellow Virginia Union Alum Reverend Dr. Dwight C. Jones took the next 2; each man possessing a different (sometimes seemingly diametric) approach to the office of Mayor and each one (if you ask them) enumerating their reasons why they did a stellar job. I take nothing from these men: Richmond has grown on a number of levels, Richmond is now recognized all over the Commonwealth, all over the Country and I’d dare say all over the world (thanks UCI).
But here is where the wrinkle comes in as the exodus of David Hicks from the Mayor’s Administration to a Judgeship left this office of RVAMayor wide open without an heir apparent; without a prescribed order of succession the slate is clean and again I say, the field wide open… well not that open. It would seem that this race isn’t wide open at all, that some are as closed minded as it gets as it relates to the upcoming RVA Mayor contest even going as far as to levy a implicit case (though a weak and false one) against one Michelle R. Mosby. There certain columnists and reporters of both local newspapers and TV outlets who are not fully transparent about their own biases- some who are friends (or perhaps better described as fans) of other candidates, some looking to make a name for themselves by providing tabloid news for ratings, readership -any and all of the above. I don’t need to mention that these “reporters” happen not to look like Michelle (neither internally or externally) but I will because it is interesting the difference in reporting as it relates to African American people whether they hold an office or not; it is “interesting” to observe how issues in the surrounding counties are reported versus how they are concerning the City by them. It is supremely interesting how she is often overlooked, marginalized or flat out misquoted and misrepresented. I can examine the body of work of some whether it is the Style Weekly or even the Times Dispatch and ask myself “is journalist integrity a thing of the past and who’s politicking the writers or the candidates?” I just recently read Style Weekly’s 2016’s Power List and was amused by the obvious exclusion of the City’s Council 1st African American President and only female candidate in the upcoming Mayoral Race. All of her competitors where mentioned though one didn’t even make the list. They did manage to include the Superintendent however, (an employee no matter how handsomely paid) despite the fact that he himself answers to the elected School Board of the City and is in many respects walking on “hobbled legs” at best (please check recent District SOL performance). I guess I am truly confused as it relates to notions of power and influence.
There is a concerted effort to portray the City, its elected officials, its School System and all “things related to Richmond” in a pejorative context; acting almost as if those same concerns don’t ever surface in our neighboring jurisdictions. Let’s be clear the City has its faults and has made its mistakes- there is sometimes underachievement as it relates to schools, city services etc. However RICHMOND IS A GREAT CITY, if it wasn’t business wouldn’t move here, if it wasn’t our population increases wouldn’t outpace our surrounding counties, if it wasn’t gentrification would be “the stuff that dreams were made of”, if it wasn’t people wouldn’t be fighting Michelle Mosby so hard. You wouldn’t read reports of things she hadn’t said, you wouldn’t read articles with one sentence stating how laws were not broken while reading entire paragraphs within the same article insinuating wrongdoing. They wouldn’t search day and night at this point to get her removed from the ballot (a search that I am sure didn’t include other candidates) and they wouldn’t attempt to fabricate deficits on the part of Michelle Mosby while blatantly ignoring the ineptitude (moral or otherwise) of the rest of the candidate field. But it is precisely because of what is at stake, because Richmond can be so great and because a handful only want to envision a Richmond that benefits them and not benefits all.
You don’t have to have a known last name to be Mayor (in Richmond it’s not about nepotism but results), you surely don’t need to be Mayor if you are only vested in the City long enough to hold office and then go somewhere else (Richmond is not a stepping stone or training ground). You probably don’t need to be Mayor if you are in and out of jail and operate without limits (for power corrupts and absolute power ABSOLUTELY corrupts). Being a county manager, as a matter fact I once heard a former City Council candidate clearly articulate that “being the Mayor was in no way the same as being a County Manager that clearly was the CAO’s job but that the Mayor was a leader and a visionary.” The case for MAYOR is simple: CAN YOU AND WILL YOU DO THE JOB OF LEADING, BRINGING RICHMOND TOGETHER AND INSPIRING RVA TO DO ITS BEST? (1)Michelle Mosby is the current City Council President and the 1st African American woman to lead the Council- if the Mayor were to prematurely leave office today BY CITY CHARTER she would become the City’s Mayor and every Councilmember knew it when they voted her as President. (2)Michelle Mosby has been extremely successful in her District bringing about the purchase of what will be the largest and most robust Sports Complex in the City when it is said and done, she has brought economic development to the 9th district as well as met the needs of her residents (3)She has worked successfully with her fellow colleagues on Council as well as with the School Board bringing them together under her tenure when they hadn’t done so for over a decade before her. We (our city) are even having real conversations about a dedicated source of funding for schools because of her abilities to work with the School board and the Mayor's Administration. (4)She fostered a working relationship with the Mayor’s Administration and worked with them to bring about the resurgence of the Port and the emergence of International business Stone Brewery to the City. (5)She has the positive experience, she has a proven track record, and above all she has the true heart of a public servant; she is the right person for the right reasons in such a special season. If another elected official had the same resume (and btw they don’t) this would be a foregone conclusion, if she had NEVER been elected to anything or had experiences that were INCOMPATIBLE for this job in the City or even had the QUESTIONS involving her brushes with the law she would be gone and that would be the conclusion. The case against her is really an indictment that there are those WHO KNOW she will get it right for us all. DON’T BELIEVE THE HYP, as in their hypocritical rhetoric as if they care for us at all THEY CARE FOR THEMSELVES and are threatened that this woman is a TRUE THREAT to the status quo that they hold dear; The truth of the matter is that she will win if the money doesn't come, she will win if the press is continuously bias, she will win because she will have in November a majority vote; the VOTE trumps (no pun intended) all other extenuating circumstances. Give Mosby a chance and let her lead this City as she was able to lead her district #Mosby4RVAMayor #theCase4MichelleRMosby.

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Posted by T Harv on 08/28/2016 at 5:56 PM

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