#ANOINTTHECITY COMMUNITY PRAYER WALK
Thank You Mount Carmel Baptist Church for inviting me to participate in the Community Prayer walk.
IMPOSSIBLE? NOT HARDLY!
DID YOU KNOW that if you call or email the City of Norfolk about picking up your bulky items (such as appliances, mattresses, furniture and other items that will not fit in the waste container) before 3:00pm on the day before your regular collection, these items will be picked up ALONG with your regular trash? Bulk trash items should not accumulate in alleys for weeks at a time, which is often the case in Richmond.
While some would call it impossible for the City of Richmond to meet this standard, I say, NOT HARDLY!
As mayor, I will ensure that the City provides basic services the same way that every other high performing city does. I want nothing less than the best for the City of Richmond and its citizens! Changing the way Richmond operates won’t be easy, but I have the proven experience to get it done.
CHURCH HILL MEET & GREET
“I am so overwhelmed with the response we’ve received from Church Hill. Thank you to all those that attended. We definitely had a packed house today.” – Jack
WHY DEADLINES ARE IMPORTANT
For me, this race is not about advancing my career or making a name for myself. My reason for becoming mayor is to help make Richmond a high-performing city. We should not only provide basic services well, but also be a magnet of opportunity for young people and families, as well as a more hopeful place for those who have been left behind.
The next financial deadline for all mayoral candidates is June 2. This date is important because it is one of the first markers of who has local financial support. The reality is that money is required to carry our message across all nine districts of the city.
Help us build on our momentum! Use the form on the right to and please consider donating any amount from $3 – $300 or more today.
LEADING THE WAY
Last week, I went to the Metropolitan Business League Awards Dinner, a business group composed of women and minority owned businesses, of which I have been a board member for over 13 years.
As mayor, I will ensure that agreements and contracts are transparent. Jobs will be filled based on what you know, not whom you know. Partisanship and political patronage have no place in delivering municipal services.
SELECTING THE RIGHT CANDIDATE
When I go canvassing door to door, the #1 question I get is “What makes you different from the other candidates?”
My answer is simple:
I am not a politician. I simply want to make Richmond the high-performing city you have longed for, and I have the proven leadership experience to do that!
The time for fighting is over! It resolves nothing for the citizens of Richmond.
Fighting simply reveals the bullies and big egos while leaving the needs and basic services of the citizens un-met.
Here is why you should hire me to lead Richmond city government:
SUCCESSFUL Richmond Deputy City Manager for Finance.
SUCCESSFUL County Administrator of Hanover.
SUCCESSFUL Producer of the Richmond Folk Festival at Venture Richmond.
Now … you can help me bring that success to the Office of Mayor!
You are the “Decider-in-Chief” and you have the power to vote for a mayor who has the experience to solve complex challenges and bring the community together.
If you are DONE WITH FIGHTING and want to see what SUCCESS looks like in City government, then I am your best candidate!
We are all familiar with a typical job interview. The hiring manager or interview panel asks questions to determine:
Does this individual have related experience?
Can she or he bring fresh ideas?
Based on what this person has done in the past, are these skills transferable to the job?
Can he or she unify the community and bring partners to the table?
Does this person have the experience to lead a $700 million government organization with nearly 5,000 employees?
On November 8, 2016, you will have the opportunity to be the “decider-in-chief” about who will be Richmond’s next Mayor!
You are sitting on a panel with your friends, family, and neighbors. Together, you all will decide who is the best fit to lead Richmond through its complex challenges.
Richmond deserves a proven, experienced leader.
Over the next few days, check your inbox and my social media. I will be sharing what I’ve heard from voters and our ideas for moving the city forward.
Contact: Jack Berry, 804-426–5010 For Immediate Release
Jack Berry, Executive Director of Venture Richmond, announced today that he is running for Mayor of Richmond. He has filed a certificate of qualifications with the General Registrar and has begun gathering petition signatures throughout the city.
On March 24 Jack resigned his position at Venture Richmond, where he has worked for 18 years. His last day at Venture Richmond will be April 30.
In announcing his candidacy, Jack said, “I am running for mayor to help make Richmond a high performing city that is a magnet of opportunity for young people, for families, and for those who have been left behind.”
“Richmond deserves an experienced leader who will manage the city’s money and deliver basic services well.”
“Richmond deserves a mayor who will make public education the highest priority. I will commit to a 5-year funding plan that provides predictable, dedicated resources to schools. It is inexcusable for teachers to be denied a pay raise for almost ten years, and for buildings to be falling apart.”
“I will be a hands-on mayor who will create a team-oriented environment that empowers city employees to do their best work. I will not simply promise to hire good people and hope for the best, I will lead and I will be accountable.”
“Bulk trash will be removed within one week. Leaves will be picked up before Christmas. Financial reports will be issued on time. This isn’t just wishful thinking, it’s what good cities do as a matter of course.”
“The Executive Protection Unit will be eliminated on the first day. I have a driver’s license, a car and a bike, and that’s all I’ll need.”
“Richmond deserves a mayor who is trusted in every single corner of our city. Agreements and contracts will be transparent. Jobs will be filled based on what you know, not whom you know. Partisanship and political patronage have no place in delivering municipal services.”
“Richmond deserves a sustained commitment to healthy neighborhoods and community wealth building. I will embrace and strengthen current initiatives to reduce childhood poverty rates, create more mixed-income housing, promote active lifestyles and walkable, bike friendly communities.”
“The best economic development strategy is to build a great public school system. Next is creating a community that is attractive to millennials, because they are the ones who will build and attract growing companies. The food scene, the arts scene, the James River, and a wealth of talented people have positioned Richmond to be one of America’s most authentic, diverse and dynamic cities. Richmond is on a roll, but City Government is not keeping up. That will change.”
What others are saying about Jack:
“Jack has a long history of supporting supplier diversity and minority business development,” said Oliver Singleton, President of the Metropolitan Business League. That is why he was the MBL’s first non-minority board member. He has my full support in his run for mayor.”
“Jack’s commitment to public education is genuine and undeniable,” said John Gordon, former chair of the Hanover County School Board and Board of Supervisors. “He developed a 5-year funding plan that we could count on, and found extra money to address school priorities. He developed an amazing partnership with Superintendent Stewart Roberson and the School Board resulting in a successful campaign for the largest school bond referendum in the county’s history.”
“Jack’s leadership skills are extraordinary, as evidenced by the success of the Richmond Folk Festival,” said Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for Traditional Arts. “At a critical moment, he stepped up when no-one else did, and took ownership of the challenge of launching a major new event in Richmond. Without Jack’s leadership there would be no Folk Festival. Under his leadership it has become the pride of Richmond.”
“The Richmond Folk Festival is a model of leadership, creativity, execution and inclusion. That skill set is exactly what City Government needs at this point in time,” said Zarina Fazaldin, preservationist and Richmond developer in Historic Carver.
“Jack is action oriented. He knows how to get things done, by listening, collaborating and bringing diverse people together. He is a unifier and a doer,” said Michel Zajur, President of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“When Richmond’s largest ambulance company collapsed in 1990, Jack Berry was assigned to manage the crisis,” said Dr. Joseph Ornato, VCU’s Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. “He restructured the City’s EMS system and served as the first president of Richmond Ambulance, which has become an award winning national model. His collaborative approach in a high stakes situation was remarkable.”
Rev. Herbert Moore, a longtime family friend said: “Jack is the son of civil rights leaders in Lynchburg in the 1960s. His mother was a public school teacher (the first white teacher in an all-black school) and his father directed the city’s social services department. As Jack’s pastor, I watched him create a backpacking camp for inner city kids that provided life changing experiences for children that had never been outside the city. I am not surprised that he is willing to step up to serve the city that he loves.”
When Jack left Hanover in 1998 to lead Richmond Renaissance, the Hanover Herald Progress editor and publisher, J. Malcolm Pace, had the following to say about Jack Berry in an H-P editorial:
“He brought not only a calm and level-headed style of leadership to the county but remarkable management skills.”
“What he brought to the CEO’s office that has made such a lasting impression was his character and ethic, attributes sometimes in short supply in the halls of government.”
“Berry’s imprimatur is seen all over Hanover. He will do the same for the city – and do it with quiet style, compassion and textbook integrity.”