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Richmond Democrats Announce Endorsements

By NED OLIVER Richmond Times-Dispatch October 6, 2016

Members of the Richmond City Democratic Committee endorsed a slate of 17 City Council and School Board candidates at their meeting Thursday night.

On the City Council, the committee endorsed three of five incumbents running for re-election: 3rd District Councilman Chris Hilbert, 5th District Councilman Parker Agelasto and 7th District Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille.

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Field Notes: Hilbert's Choice

North Side City Councilman rules out 2016 mayoral run

by Mark Robinson 

Longtime North Side representative Chris Hilbert has ruled out  a run for Richmond's mayoralty, announcing instead that he will seek re-election to Richmond City Council this November.

Hilbert, a senior lending officer for the Virginia Housing Development Authority who has served on council since 2004, said in a phone interview late Wednesday night that he felt he could better serve the city by running for re-election.

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Chris Hilbert Decides Against Richmond Mayoral Run

City councilman will run for re-election to his North Side seat.

Posted By Leah Small

Chris Hilbert, who publicly considered running for mayor, has announced that he will instead be seeking re-election to his North Side council seat.

Hilbert’s move came in a Twitter announcement the night before Levar Stoney made his entrance to the mayoral race.

Hilbert was one of a dozen potential candidates who attended a mayoral forum held by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder.

A statement from Hilbert read that he considered the city’s needs, his talents, his family and a potentially high turnover for Council seats, in making his decision.

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Early field in Mayor's race is crowded; for now contest plays out behind the scenes

By NED OLIVER Richmond Times-Dispatch February 21, 2016

The race to be the next mayor of Richmond might seem quiet, but behind the scenes a crowded field of potential candidates is busily maneuvering for support.

The deadline to file paperwork and the requisite 500 signatures to get on the November ballot isn’t until mid-June, but many potential candidates have said they’ll make their decision in the coming two months.


Of the three council members considering making the run for mayor, Chris Hilbert has the longest tenure, currently serving his third term representing Richmond’s North Side — a diverse district that spans a broad area from Gilpin Court to Ginter Park. It’s a point of which he’s proud.

“I do think that’s a unique record that nobody else in the race can talk about — being able to reach and serve a diverse demographic,” Hilbert said.

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Full Speed Ahead

Richmond City Council approves Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit project

by Mark Robinson February 9, 2016

Richmond City Council voted Monday night to approve the $54 million Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit project in what several council members characterized as a first step toward improving the region’s lackluster public transportation system.

Chris Hilbert, the Northside representative and council vice president, was more blunt. “If this doesn’t go any further, it’s not on us,” he said.

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Field Notes: Dispatch from the RTD Public Square

What does the city need in its next mayor?

by  February 3, 2016

The Richmond Times-Dispatch's  62nd Public Square, the first of 2016, posed a single question: What does Richmond want in its next mayor?

The responses kept coming back to two priorities: A mayor who can foster greater cooperation between the city and its regional neighbors, and a mayor who will prioritize improving the quality of public education in city schools in years to come.

The standing-room only crowd Wednesday came up with a list of  54 desired qualities. Whoever is elected to replace Dwight C. Jones this November, he or she should have a vision for the city, solid administrative experience, the savvy to sell what the new Richmond has to offer, the ability to unite the city’s increasingly diverse populace and lift up its perpetually poverty-stricken neighborhoods, speakers said.

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Mayorology 2016: Let the Elbowing Begin

The election to succeed Mayor Dwight C. Jones is a year from now. Is it too soon to start speculating on who might replace him? Of course not.

by  November 3, 2015

Some time ago, I met a young politico for coffee at Lamplighter in Scott’s Addition, a once-forlorn industrial wasteland turned large-scale urban renewal project. That we were convening there to discuss next year’s mayoral race was a testament to the neighborhood’s — and city’s — trajectory.

The city is younger and more vibrant than ever, he reasoned; shouldn’t its leadership reflect the demographic changes that are contributing to its new sense of self?

“Richmond is looking for its Cory Booker,” he said before we parted, referring to the former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, who went on to the U.S. Senate.

Next November, the city will choose its third popularly elected mayor since the charter change of 2004. The first two contests landed L. Douglas Wilder and Dwight C. Jones on the second floor of City Hall, the former for four years of brashness, the latter for seven years of aloofness.

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