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#28 Barbara Given

Barbara Given owns Stoplight Gelato Cafe in Jackson Ward. She talks about how the gelato shop became a reality after losing her son to cancer and how the community helped bring it to life. Barb also sheds some light on her early days growing up in a railroad family, her career in education, and where her tenacity comes from. She even shares her thoughts on the end of life. At 81, Barb is still going strong. 
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#27 Dwight Jones

Dwight Jones is the Mayor of the City of Richmond. He reflects on his early days, including a cross-country train ride with his parents and the first date he went on after moving to Richmond. We talk schools, baseball, Redskins training camp and how economic development is connected to poverty alleviation. He looks back at his last 8 years in office and offers some advice for the future.
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#26 Brian Cannon

Tired of the polarized politics? If so, Brian Cannon is your guy. He runs an organization called OneVirginina2021, aimed at redistricting reform. He shares a bit about his personal story– how he made the shift from high school football to student government, how he used music to teach high school history and about his tenure as Mark Warner’s body man. We dive deep into the nuts and bolts of gerrymandering (27:50). Then Blaine challenges Brian to a mock debate (41:10). One Note: This episode was recorded before the election, but is still relevant after it. Democracy shall endure.

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#25 Jack Berry

Jack Berry is the former Director of Venture Richmond and he’s running for mayor. He reflects on how his parents example of service in Lynchburg shaped him. He talks about what it was like in his early days working in the city of Richmond and what he accomplished as the Administrator in Hanover County. Jack shares his vision for what our city can be and about the time he drove a bus in college.

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#24 Levar Stoney

Levar Stoney is the former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and he’s running for mayor. He reflects on his early educational experiences, how his grandmother shaped him, his relationship with his dad and how he got into politics. He talks through some specific questions about the city (37:00). At the end, Levar answers a moderately paced round of questions (53:05), where we get some solid fashion tips.

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#23 Jon Baliles

Jon Baliles serves on Richmond City Council and is running for mayor. He reflects on how growing up in a family dedicated to public service shaped him at an early age. He talks about how Richmond’s street art festival came to be and what it taught him about collaboration. He also shares his perspective on some of the city’s issues and what he’d do as mayor to address them. At the end, Jon plays a game of Q&A where he reveals whether he uses product on his great head of hair.

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#22 Brittanny Anderson

Brittanny Anderson is the chef and co-owner of The Metzger, a German Bar & Butchery in Church Hill. She tells the story of what drew her to cooking and how The Metzger came to be. Brittanny also talks about the new Swiss chalet themed restaurant that’s coming to Scott’s Addition. At the end, she plays a game of Q&A where we learn that she enjoys the simple things in life.

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#21 Alfred Durham

Alfred Durham is Richmond’s Chief of Police. He talks about what it was like growing up in DC and his early experiences with the police. He talks about working as a police officer in Washington DC during the crack epidemic, how he got to Richmond and how losing his brother to gun violence impacted him. He shares about how he approaches his work, the importance of having conversations and how he broke the record at the SWAT team obstacle course.

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