What We Learned From Navy Hill

When I talk to residents, advocates, and organizations in this district, I hear a wide variety of concerns, but the one question I am asked more than any other is: “Were you for or against Navy Hill?”

I was opposed to the project from the beginning for two main reasons:

  • The deal emerged from a flawed, closed-door process.
  • The purported benefits were not in the best interest of the community.

Ultimately, I view Navy Hill as an incredibly expensive lesson. In addition to the staggering amount of our tax dollars that were used to plan and promote the project, the process further corroded the public’s already waning trust in the City Government.

I believe Richmond can and should embark on ambitious projects, but the interests and concerns of our community must be prioritized from day one. 

I’m in this race to build a better Richmond that works for everyone. That means putting the concerns and interests of residents first. I’ve lived in Richmond my entire life and I am committed to fighting for the people who make this city an amazing place to live, work, and play. 

I will fight for large scale development projects to include a Community Benefits Agreement to ensure that the residents have a powerful and respected voice in the decision making process. 

I’m in this race to build a better Richmond that works for everyone. That means putting the concerns and interests of residents first. I’ve lived in Richmond my entire life and I am committed to fighting for the people who make this city an amazing place to live, work, and play. 

As your City Councilperson, your voices will inform my choices. Period. 

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