Councilman Parker Agelasto will seek re-election to Richmond City Council, he said in an interview Monday morning.
Agelasto, 40, is the executive director of the Capital Region Land Conservancy. He is a first-term representative of the 5th district, which straddles the James River and includes Carytown, Byrd Park and Oregon Hill. In 2012, he defeated council incumbent Marty Jewell to win the seat.
During his council stint, Agelasto has developed a reputation for his attention to detail, as well as his propensity for peppering city administrators with questions about proposals and ordinances, sometimes to the consternation of his colleagues. During his campaign for re-election, Agelasto says he will emphasize improving city government’s ability to perform basic services.
“You can be political during a campaign, but once elected, you have to govern,” he said. “I feel like I’m one of those on council who really dives into the details, and I make sure that I try to understand fully every issue that comes before us.”
Agelasto is gathering the 125 signatures of registered voters required to appear on the November ballot, he said. To date, no other candidate has filed to run for the 5th district council seat. Tuesday, June 14 is the deadline.