Nat Bates. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
By Kia Croom
The final vote tallies in the City Council election were released recently, and incumbent frontrunner Nat Bates received 13, 592 votes, a new historic record among candidates who have ever run for a position on the council.
“I am most humble and appreciative of the number of voters who supported my candidacy for reelection,” said Bates.
“The credit goes to many of you who contributed financially to the campaign, while others did precinct work, telephone calling, posting yard and window signs throughout the community and other valuable campaign work.
“I also wish to congratulate Tom Butt and Gary Bell for their successful election and particularly wish Gary Bell a speedy recovery. I want to express my appreciation to the other eight candidates who were on the ballot. I hope that those who were unsuccessful will continue to be a contributing part of Richmond.”
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.