5th Council District Special Election

Overview + Results

Why a Special Election?

            Parker Agelasto, the councilman of the 5th district since 2013, announced his resignation effective Nov. 30 after he moved out of the district last summer to the 1st district. He stated that his family was getting bigger and needed to move to a house. To complete the last 13 months of the four-year term before the 2020 elections, a special election will be held on November 5, along with the Virginia state elections. The winner will take office Dec. 1. There are 7 candidates vying for the spot:

Nicholas Da Silva: https://dasilvaforcouncil.com/

  • Twitter: @DaSilvaRVA

  • Democratic Socialist

  • Recent VCU graduate

  • Motivated to run by the killing of teacher Marcus David-Peters by Richmond Police

  • Focused on transportation, police accountability, housing, public schools, food justice, and economic empowerment.


Stephanie Lynch: https://www.electstephanielynch.com/

  • Twitter: @Stephanie4RVA

  • Democrat

  • Background in public health, education, and other social services

  • Emphasizes mental health care and trauma support


Jer’Mykeal McCoy: mccoyforrva.com

  • Democrat

  • President of the Urban League of Greater Richmond

  • Affordable housing, workforce development, and education are his policy priorities


Reverend Robin Mines

  • Minister at Hood Temple AME Zion Church

  • Independent

  • Grew up in the 5th District

  • Advocate for community schools


Chuck Richardson

  • Former 5th District representative (1977-1995)

  • Former felon, regained his civil rights in 2016

  • Brought one of the legal challenges that led to the resignation of Councilperson Agelasto

Mamie Taylor

  • Twitter: @MamieTforthe5th

  • Former RPS teacher

  • Focused on corporate tax reform

  • a former Richmond School Board member who represented the district from 2012 through 2016

Dr. Thad Williamson: https://www.thadforrva.com/

  • Twitter: @ThadWilliamson

  • University of Richmond Leadership Studies professor

  • Former co-chair of the Maggie Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty, which created the Office of Community Wealth Building

  • Served as a senior policy advisor for Mayor Levar Stoney

  • Focused on economic opportunity and investing in education

Graham Sturm: https://grahamrva5.com/

  • History teacher at Armstrong High School

  • On October 11, Sturm issued a statement that he would be discontinuing his campaign, and instead is fully endorsing candidate Stephanie Lynch.

  • Lynch's personal experience as a social worker and her work with children resonates with him, and her ability to truly listen to him, even as her opponent, demonstrates her willingness to hear everyone.

  • " Stephanie has proven that she is the best person for the job. I have seen first-hand the challenges that Richmond faces, and I believe that Stephanie knows how to solve those challenges"

Discontinued Campaign

Election Results

Further Resources/Information

Richmond City Council - District 5. Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved from https://www.vpap.org/offices/richmond-city-council-district-5/elections/


Robinson, M. (2019, August 19). Eight candidates file to run in special election for 5th District Richmond City Council seat. Richmond Times-Dispatch, pp. Retrieved from https://www.richmond.com/news/local/eight-candidates-file-to-run-in-special-election-for-th/article_30994bb1-f3c2-552a-8638-79a9228bbcda.html

Sturm, G. (2019, October 11). Graham Sturm Endorsing Fellow Candidate Stephanie Lynch for 5th District City Council. Retrieved from https://rosscatrow.s3.amazonaws.com/b2y1kxUDIZ6PdiBFkMan.pdf