The unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections show Stephanie Lynch with a solid win in the special election to replace Parker Agelasto as the 5th District representative on City Council.
Lynch won 27.7% of the vote and took 6 of the 7 precincts in the 5th District, with former 5th District School Board representative Mamie Taylor winning precinct 509. Taylor, Thad Williamson, Nicholas Da Silva, Chuck Richardson, and Jer’Mykeal McCoy were bunched together for 2nd-6th with between 15.6% and 11.1% of the vote.
Agelasto announced in April that he would resign the office on November 30, 2019, due to controversy surrounding his residency after he moved out of the 5th District. Lynch’s term will run through the regular election in 2020, when the seat will be on the ballot again along with all of the other City Council seats.
According to VPAP, as of the most recent reporting deadline the candidates had raised just over $100,000 collectively for the election. Williamson took in just over $30,000, with winner Lynch right behind him at just over $29,000. Second place finisher Taylor reports having raised just $2,800.
Lynch is a 15 year resident of Richmond and lives in Woodland Heights. She received an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology, with a minor in African American studies, and holds a Masters in social work. She has worked as a social worker [Linked-In] and community activist and is currently the director of government affairs, strategy and development for Good Neighbor.
Thanks again to John Murden for putting together this analysis.