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Newbille’s New Seat

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There’s no denying who the residents in the 7th district wanted to represent them. Cynthia Newbille won with 52% of the vote. Despite six candidate, she had a decisive victory and she takes the reigns of her new job on Monday. The City Council meeting will begin with her swearing-in ceremony.

Cynthia Newbille Ad

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Newbille was swamped in controversy earlier this year, when she was seeking the temporary appointment for the seat. But much of that was drummed up by her competitors. Newbille may have only recently moved back to the district, but it’s clear she’s been a staple there for several years. Not only did she grow up in the 7th district, but she came back. She’s served her community in numerous roles and now she’ll help on the council. It’s clear she has the backing of key city leaders, so it will be interesting to  see how that plays out over the next year. She was supported by Mayor Dwight Jones, former council member and Delegate Delores McQuinn, current council Vice President Ellen Robertson and State Senator Henry Marsh. She told me last night she’s excited for the opportunity and plans to leave her current posts to focus full-time on the council. Her first big test will be Echo Harbour.  She said last night….. “Anything that destroys the character of one of the most incredible natural resources we enjoy in this city or precludes public access to that is not the project for us.”










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7th District Seat Council Race

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Was there ever any doubt at what I would be covering election day? You know i’ll be chasing down the 7th district council race. There are six candidates vying for the seat originally vacated by Delores McQuinn earlier this year. Tomorrow is a special election to fill the remainder of the term.  So, here goes… all you need to know about the 7th District Council Race.

The Candidates: (in alphabetical order)

Ronald Bond: Life and Health insurance field underwriter.  Says he will listen to residents about Echo Harbour. **(see below)

Clarence Kenney: Former city parks employee. Says he will seek a compromise on Echo Harbour saving the view and allowing development.

Deanne Lewis: Buys and restores old homes. Vocal opponents to the Oakwood Heights project in Church Hill. She says she’s against the proposed site for Echo Harbour.

Cynthia Newbille: Manages City’s East End Initiative. Acting Director of the non-profit Family Resources Center. She says she will not take a position on Echo Harbour until the final proposal is submitted but she’s opposed anything that blocks the view.

Garry Powell: Human Resources coordinator for Patient First. Believes Echo Harbour site should be publically owned to preserve the view.

Robin Robinson: Instructional Assistant at the Metropolitan Day School. She out right opposes Echo Harbour.

**Echo Harbour is a controversial development that will be the first big test for the 7th District Representative on the Richmond City Council.


I’m hearing you can’t overlook Cynthia Newbille. She has the money and the major supporters… Dwight Jones, State Senator Henry Marsh and former 7th district council woman Delores McQuinn. Local political analysts tell me Robin Robinson might be the dark horse in the race, but if  Newbille makes a strong showing in the Church Hill precincts she will most likely run away with the race.  

Stats on the 7th District:

According to the US Census:

86% of voters are African-American

54% are women

74% are over the age of 18 ——–  13% are over the age of 65 

70% make $50,000 or less

The average household income is $47,000

The district includes: Church Hill, Union Hill, Tobacco Row, East End, portions of Shockoe Bottom

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Flatheads, Swine Flu and Debates Oh My!

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Achoo! I know at least 10 people who came down with the swine flu in the last week! I am determined NOT to be the next to go down.  Alas, I missed out on my chance for a free H1N1 shot today. I was at a press conference where the Mayor got a shot to set the example for the rest of the city. When he finished, they had a few to give away, but ran out quickly. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot of stories about the Health Department running out of the vaccine.


With the Hambones out,  I thought it would be fair to point out tonight that almost all of the remaining names could be considered offensive to someone.  In this politically correct day and age, it’s hard to please  anyone. I received an email today about the name Flatheads: Did you know…

Flathead Indians are a Native American race of people/tribe living between the Cascade Mountains and Rocky Mountains. Appropriately named the Salish – they initially lived entirely east of the Continental Divide but established their headquarters near the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Occasionally hunting parties went west of the Continental Divide but not west of the Bitterroot Range. The easternmost edge of their ancestral hunting forays were the Gallatin, Crazy Mountain, and Little Belt Ranges. They were called the Flathead Indians by the first white men who came to the Columbia River. The name, used in error, in the pejorative as slang – was said to derive from the flat skull produced by binding infants’ skulls with boards and is used for many Native Americans

I’m pretty sure, the baseball owners meant a type of Catfish… but I’m also pretty sure they meant no harm by the name Hambone either.  Just saying….


The 7th District Candidates Forum is Thursday, October 15 from 6:30-9PM at the Robinson Theater. Open to all interested citizens of the community and 7th District. Contact John Johnson at (804)814-1066


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Richmond Primary Day

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Another June, Another election day. Well, a primary. Are people even voting? I keep hearing turnout is going to be so low. Should be interesting to see what that means.  There is really only one big race in the city and that’s for the democratic nod for Sheriff. Incumbent C.T. Woody is up against Major Antoinette Irving with the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Woody has the endorsement of all the major players… Mayor Dwight Jones, Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring. Sheriff Woody was also recently given the nod by the Times Dispatch.

I’m glad there are no big races for me to cover this time. That mayor’s race wiped me out. For the very latest on primary check out my co-worker, Ryan Noble’s blog. Decision Virginia will be very busy today.


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