City candidate alleges ugly politics, threats

Posted at 12:23 AM, Nov 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-02 07:50:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - In Richmond’s 8th district, voters are getting a double-dose of ugly politics as long-time incumbent, Reva Trammell, looks to keep school board chair Dawn Page from taking her seat on city council.

“In the 8th district, we have a lot of slime politics going on right now,” says one resident. That resident wants to remain anonymous because she says this council race has become such a divisive topic in her neighborhood, with very little focus on the real issues.

“My opponent, she is throwing, slinging mud, trying to attack me at every corner, trying to disqualify me from this race,” says Page.  She claims that Trammell's camp is constantly calling the city's registrar to have her disqualified.

Page goes on to say that she's even been stalked and threatened several times and tells us that her opponent frequently uproots her campaign signs.

"Politics, just politics, that's all it is, just politics.”

That was Trammell's response when we questioned her about Page's accusations. 

Trammell says that she's simply looking to continue with progress made in her district,

She cited a paved, Jefferson Davis Highway, but also, her accessibility. “I'm out there 24-hours a day. This is my full-time job,” says Trammell.

“We have so many needs in this district that have not been addressed,” says Page. Page says that includes the lack of sidewalks and a number of boarded up homes.