Richmond Native Demnlus Johnson Runs for City Council

Demnlus Johnson III. Photo by Joe L. Fisher.

Demnlus Johnson III is running for Richmond City council to continue moving Richmond forward in a manner that respects its citizens and heritage.

Johnson  was born at Brookside Hospital. His mother is an armor truck driver for Brinks and his father was a construction worker. Growing up in the Iron Triangle, he experienced firsthand how important economic opportunity and community engagement are for the success of community and how their absence is detrimental to people’s lives. Families like his had owned their homes since the end of WWII and helped create a tight-knit community in that period. It was the time he spent in the Nevin Community Center playing billiards where he learned the people’s history of Richmond, became empowered through education that would allow him to compete in any arena, and developed a deep and abiding adoration for his hometown.

Upon graduating from Howard University, he returned to Richmond to serve his community, and is currently the youngest member and Chair of the Economic Development Commission, through which he works with the City Manager’s Office to create community renewal without removal. As a Community Worker at Richmond High School, he partners with various community organizations to eliminate barriers in academic and social success for our youth. Through serving on the Citizen’s Police Review Commission, he works to better the relationship between Richmond police and civilians through working to build respect, trust, and understanding.

As a member of Richmond City Council, Johnson plans to lean on his experience working in diverse capacities on behalf of the city he loves. He says ge will advocate on the peoples’ behalf so that no one is left behind or pushed out. Instead he will fight to ensure city opportunities and priorities are conducive to the well-being of all Richmond citizens.


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