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City Council seeking interim replacement for Jones

People are seen celebrating at a watch party.
Shaban Athuman
VPM News File
House of Delegate candidate Mike Jones is congratulated after he was projected to win his race during the Virginia House and Senate Democratic Caucuses watch party on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond.

Richmond City Council President Mike Jones will soon represent HD77.

Richmond City Council is seeking 9th District applicants to serve the remainder of outgoing President Mike Jones' term, which runs through the end of 2024.

Jones announced his resignation on Nov. 9, effective Dec. 31, after winning a spot representing Virginia House District 77. He said he’s “committed to ensuring a smooth transition.”

During an informal Monday meeting, council announced its plans to replace his position, opting to appoint someone, rather than have the public elect a new representative. Council posted a form on itswebsite that must be completed by Nov. 27 for applicants to be considered. Applicants can also submit a hard copy.

There is only one requirement for the position: be a “qualified voter of the 9th Council District.”

“The key is to get the seat filled as expeditiously as possible, so the 9th doesn’t sit without representation,” Jones said.

Applicants who are interested in the position need to detail their current job, if they have any affiliations with the city’s government and why they’d like to serve the 9th District. They’re also asked if they have experience in the following: community health and wellbeing, community investment and development, community organizing, community outreach, education, public finance and/or municipal budgeting and urban planning.

Interested candidates are also asked about their experience serving on any city boards, commissions or task forces.

From there, the City Council will review the applications before ultimately appointing someone to replace Jones. To retain the seat, the appointee would need to run in the November 2024 race.

Meghin Moore is a VPM News editor. She's a Penn State graduate with a background in broadcast and digital journalism. Previously, she worked at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.