Richmond.com over the coming weeks plans to ask 5 questions of all Richmond City Council candidates. This week they are talking with Kathy Graziano the incumbent and City Council president of the 4th District and her challenger Johnny Walker. I’ve copied both candidates answer to one question but you’ll have to hit the links to read the rest, including their favorite restaurant in the 4th District.
What is the biggest issue in your district? –
The biggest issue facing the 4th District that Council can address is infrastructure. With few sidewalks and many drainage ditches, water runoff is a serious problem. Pipes running under our roads are constantly leaking and potholes are everywhere. This is a problem City Council is addressing through the budget process. Although our crime statistics are improving, public safety, including traffic issues, is an ongoing concern. An issue of equal importance is the quality of our schools and this is, hopefully, an issue that the Council, the School Board, and the administrations of both the City and the schools will address together.
Make Richmond Public Schools (RPS) priority number 1. Bring RPS back to the academic excellence it once enjoyed. Make our public schools safe for all children to learn. Citizens in the 4th should feel comfortable sending their children to RPS. That means that we have to invest dollars in RPS to reduce class sizes and recruit the best teachers.
Editor’s note: It is interesting that both candidates mention schools as a priority but the city council has very little influence on the school board. Other than the occasional Council Recognition given to deserving students/schools I’ve not seen much in the way of leadership from the council to improve schools.