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Happy Friday Second District! 

In today's newsletter, we share the details for this Sunday's firehouse primary in the 9th Senate District, provide a reminder about the 2nd & 5th District zoning survey that closes on Sunday, and look ahead to next week, including the formal start of the Council budget process. As always, be sure to check out the bulletin board for upcoming events, City resources, and engagement opportunities. 

Sunday's 9th District State Senate Special Election
Following Congresswoman-elect Jennifer McClellan's historic election to Congress (congratulations to my friend, neighbor and Second District constituent!), a special election is being held to fill the Senator's soon to be vacant seat. While the general election will not take place until March 28th, state parties need to nominate candidates for the seat by this Monday. 

The Democratic Nominating Committee of the 9th Senate District (SD-9) will hold an unassembled caucus (otherwise known as a firehouse primary) to select the Democratic nominee this Sunday, February 26th, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the following locations (you may vote at any one of the locations):

  • Virginia Union University, Living and Learning Center, 1500 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220
  • IBEW 666, 1400 E Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs, VA 23075
  • East Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223
  • Ashland Municipal Building, 121 Thompson St, Ashland, VA 23005
  • Charles City County Administration Building, 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, Virginia 23030

The election will be conducted in the 9th State Senate District boundaries, under the pre-2020 census redistricting lines. About half of the Second District is in the 9th State Senate District, so if you're unsure about your district, look-up your address here

Any registered voter in the 9th Senatorial District who meets the participation requirements outlined in the call to caucus will be eligible to vote at any of the caucus voting locations. For more information, check out the DPVA special election page

Currently, three candidates have announced their intention to seek the Democratic nomination in Sunday's primary: Delegate Lamont Bagby, Delegate Dawn Adams, and Alexsis Rodgers. You can read more about all three candidates here

I will enthusiastically support whomever emerges from this weekend’s primary, but will be casting my vote Sunday for Alexsis Rodgers. I’ve known Alexsis since her days at Virginia Planned Parenthood, when I was part of the VARatifyERA team advocating at the General Assembly for the Equal Rights Amendment. Alexsis’ legislative work on reproductive rights and healthcare as well as her uncompromising commitment to the environment, to me, best meet the moment and reflect the priorities Senator McClellan fought for in her distinguished tenure. 

Because this is going to be a party-run process on short notice, there is a great need for volunteers to help staff the polls and assist voters. If you are interested in supporting that effort in Richmond, you can sign-up here. As of this writing, there is no indication that the Republican Party plans to hold a nominating process for this election. 

Upcoming City Meetings
I want to highlight a number of important City meetings coming up next week, including: 

  • City Council's First Budget Work Session will be on Monday at 2pm, agenda here. This marks the formal start of the Council budget season, and will be the first of many public meetings for Council to align its priorities, and receive public feedback ahead of final adoption of the budget in May. The Mayor will be announcing his proposed budget on Monday, March the 6th. 
  • City Council's Formal Meeting will be held on Monday at 6pm. The agenda includes consideration of two papers of interest in the Second District-- ORD. 2023-047, which awards state grant funding to the Moore Street School Foundation for the purpose of assisting in the renovation and rehabilitation of the historic Moore St School behind Carver Elementary, and ORD. 2023-053, which allocates $3.5 million towards mandated upgrades to the Diamond that Major League Baseball requires of all franchisees. You can read more about the background on this here. As with the recently installed and MLB-required light upgrades, the City will ensure that any and all upgrades that can be carried over to the new stadium will be. 
  • The Public Safety Committee will meet on Wednesday at 1pm. You can find the full agenda here
  • The Education & Human Services Committee will meet on Thursday at 2pm. The agenda includes presentations on the construction timelines for Fox and George Wythe, as well as a budget update from School Board Chair Rizzi.  
Zoning Changes Meeting & Survey Reminder
Quick reminder of the joint 2nd and 5th District zoning changes community meeting that is coming up on Tuesday, March 7th at 6pm at Binford Middle School. You can find more information and RSVP here

The pre-meeting survey, which is being used to collect pre-submitted questions, record feedback, and create an FAQ document on the three proposed changes, will remain open through this Sunday at 11:59pm. So, if you haven't already, fill it out here

Graffiti Resources
Spring is in the air! And with it, unfortunately, we are seeing an up-tick in graffiti across the Second District. My office is working with community stakeholders throughout the City on more comprehensive strategies to address this chronic issue, but I do want to provide a reminder to residents that the City is here to help where it can. If your property is tagged, or you see graffiti in the public right of way, you can report it via RVA311, and the Department of Public Works can assist with removal. Looking to help clean up your neighborhood? Check out this weekend's upcoming RVA Clean Sweep events in collaboration with the Clean City Commission. 

Fox PTA Fundraiser Event Tonight! 
Last, but certainly not least, one final reminder that the Fox PTA's "Parents Night Out" fundraiser is tonight from 6-9pm at Hardywood. You can get your tickets or make a donation here. Looking forward to seeing folks out there tonight!

Have a wonderful weekend! 


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  • For more information on testing options, the latest CDC guidance, and vaccinations, check out the RCHD's latest weekly update here.

Bulletin Board 

  • Monument Avenue 10K: beat the price hike! Get your tickets at a discounted rate before March 1st for this year's 10K, taking place on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets and more info here
  • Zoning Changes Meeting: Mark your calendars! Myself and Councilor Lynch will be hosting a joint 2nd and 5th District zoning changes community meeting on March 7th at 6pm at Binford Middle School. Join us, neighbors, and Planning Department staff for a presentation and Q+A on the three proposed zoning changes that will be coming before City Council for a vote this Spring. View more meeting info and RSVP via the Facebook event, and take the pre-meeting survey before the 26th. 
  • Bike Lane Survey: The Department of Public Works (DPW) has identified State Route 161 for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure via two phases for north and south sides of the James River. Feedback is needed to help finalize the designs. To review the project materials and comment on the conceptual design for each corridor by February 28th, please take the survey
  • DPU Financial Assistance: Richmond DPU is now participating in the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), which helps Virginia residents pay their water and wastewater bills. The program will run through December 31, 2023, or until all funds have been distributed. More info here, and below the bulletin board. 
City & Community Resources
Call 804-205-3501 to register for free community testing. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Locations are accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility support devices. Click here for non-community testing options
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