Richmond.com continues it’s series asking local candidates 5 questions. This time up is Douglas Conner the incumbent and Michelle Mosby the challenger. I’m listing one question and answer, click on the candidates name to see the rest.
What is the biggest issue in the City of Richmond?
Douglas Conner: We need to increase the economic base and job opportunities throughout Richmond. That is why I have been a leader on Council to enhance technical and vocational job training programs for Richmond citizens. We can not expect to attract new businesses and jobs to our communities unless we have a well-trained, educated work force.
Michelle Mosby: At large the City’s biggest problem moving forward has to be its educational system. I believe in Richmond Public Schools, I just believe they need more support from us. We spend a smaller percentage of our City budget on education than the surrounding locales and though we have smaller student populations it doesn’t excuse “trying to get a dollar out of fifteen cents” and then wondering why “we get what we pay for.” Our teachers could and should be paid more, our buildings should be more invested in and we should have technology in our classrooms to a greater degree. Our educational woes translate into decreased likelihood of student success which in turn translates into future workforce issues, economic capacity (or lack thereof) and even family and community instability. A prepared student today equals a more than capable societal contributor tomorrow. I believe that our school’s ability to provide opportunities for all of our students to excel academically and ultimately provide a top notch skilled and trained workforce is key to Richmond’s success. To address the city’s most pressing issue moving forward I suggest more amiable relations between both the School Board and City government, more encouragement for parental participation and credence to parental concerns.