While no one knows whether or not the face of the nation will change in Tuesday's presidential election, there is a good chance, the faces of Richmond city government will look a little different.
It's hard to flip through the channels nowadays and not see an ad in the presidential election. City council and mayoral races aren't necessarily like that, but in Richmond, that doesn't mean they're any less contentious or hard to call.
There are nine separate city council races. Not every chamber seat will see a change. Every one of the nine council members is up for re-election, but only some are facing challengers.
Political guru Paul Goldman says a few are in the midst of very tight races.
In the West End, Councilman Bruce Tyler and former city employee Jon Baliles are neck and neck. In The Fan's second district, Councilman Charles Samuels is facing off against Charlie Diradour. On the south side, Reva Trammel is facing some stiff competition from School Board Member Dawn Page.
"You could call it but it would be just a coin flip," Goldman analyzed. "Nobody really knows. There's no polling."
In the fifth district, incumbent Marty Jewell has a three-way race against Lee Shewmake and Parker Agelasto, who Goldman says has a shot.
"He has been working his tail off, which is what you gotta do," Goldman explained. "He's raised more money than Marty. He's got a whole bunch of more endorsements. He could pull an upset."
Then of course there's the race for who will run the City of Richmond. Mayor Dwight Jones is up against challenger Mike Ryan.
"Realistically, and I'm not trying to hurt anybody's feelings, but it's more of a coronation than it is an election," Goldman added.
The fact that this city council race falls during a presidential election year will also affect turn out. No matter where you live and who you decide to vote for, Goldman says one thing is for sure: "If you like politics, that'll be fun."
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