Rosalind Mays 
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Re: “The Battle for Richmond's Soul

Wow John, so you see no possibly of UCHE? Not even a little? Not even enough to give readers information on how the third candidates feels about some of these issues facing Richmond? ANY information on his platform and where he stands?

I'm not sure about all of you, but I've lived in Richmond for over 45 years. My mother lived in Richmond most of her life and my grandmother came here in 1943. So, my family has been around here a lot and we know these CANDIDATES well. Here's my take . . . the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s were pretty bad decades for RICHMOND - and when I mean BAD, I mean BAD! These were the years that Booze, Bates, Butts and several of the old guard (who took a lot of Chevron money) where at the TOP. They were making ALL the decisions for Richmond. If you want the OLD Richmond back (blight, high-crime, no development, Chevron running the show, NO response to citizens concerns) go ahead a vote for the OLD GUARD . . . Booze, Ramsey, Bates and Butts. They did nothing before (and believe me guys we gave them PLENTY of time to make changes like 20-25 years worth of time) and NOTHING BUT DISAPPOINTMENT.

Things didn't get better in Richmond until NEW BLOOD like Gayle, Myrick and such came around. I'm actually proud to say I'm from RICHMOND (things are so much better here now). Just from the fact that Bates and Butts have NEVER, NEVER been responsive to citizen concerns in the long years I have lived in Richmond - that these two are the reason City Council Meetings are "Basketball Wives Realty Show" rival TV watching -- I'm sorry, I'm voting for NEW BLOOD.

I voted for Gayle M. because of this very VIEW (that wee need new people, fresh people -- even though I did not agree with all her GREEN platform/decisions -- and Gayle was totally the underdog (NO ONE EXPECTED HER TO WIN!) My church, many of my friends, a few of my neighbors are voting for UCHE - simply hoping that we can have someone who will LISTEN TO US! Who LIKES Richmond citizens (all of them not just ones who live in certain zip codes)

And here's some free information for you . . . the REASON Hilltop is in the condition it is in now is directly related to BUTTS (who hates this district and wants the old downtown Richmond to flourish (and I'm not talking about the MacDonald Ave corridor, I'm talking about Old Richmond (Pt. Richmond). And BATES who doesn't even consider Hilltop a part of Richmond.

YI know these things (I've been watching them carefully for 25 years) and you can research their records.

Things got a little better for Richmond and our lives in general when I voted for NEW BLOOD . . . I think my friends and I will be voting for a change of guard. Hopefully John, you are wrong and we have ANOTHER CHOICE than the DEVIL WE KNOW (Butts) and the DEVIL WE DREAD (Bates)!

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Posted by Rosalind Mays on 09/24/2014 at 12:21 PM

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