Candidates throwing hats into ring for 5th District seat
Jeremy M. Lazarus | 6/21/2019, 6 a.m.
The first candidates have begun to emerge in the race to succeed Parker C. Agelasto as the 5th District representative on Richmond City Council.
The district spans both sides of the James River and includes Carytown, Maymont, Oregon Hill and Swansboro.
A special election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, to replace Mr. Agelasto, who announced his resignation effective Nov. 30 after he moved out of the district last summer.
Former 5th District Councilman Henry W. “Chuck” Richardson, who is pursuing a lawsuit seeking the immediate ouster of Mr. Agelasto that is to be heard next month, announced his candidacy Tuesday night following a meeting of the Richmond Crusade for Voters.
Earlier this week, Stephanie Lynch, a lobbyist and advocate for the Good Neighbor mental health and disability services program and a civic activist from the Woodland Heights neighborhood in South Side, announced her run.
Dr. Thad Williamson, a University of Richmond professor and former aide to Mayor Levar M. Stoney, announced several weeks ago that he is seeking the office.
Five to seven more candidates are weighing runs to fill the remainder of Mr. Agelasto’s term that will end on Dec. 31, 2020.