2nd district City Council race separated by 26 votes

Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 15:21:37-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Residents in Richmond's 2nd District could soon have a new city council member.

Katherine Jordan and Tavarris Spinks are locked in a race with only a couple dozen votes separating the candidates.

According to the Virginia Department of Elections, there is currently a 26 vote difference, with Spinks in the lead.

Spikes released a statement Wednesday evening, addressing the tight contest:

"While the vast majority of results are in and I am currently ahead, it would be irresponsible to comment further on the outcome of this election until every vote has been counted.

I have spent the last seventeen years fighting to empower Richmond voters and no issue is closer to my heart than ensuring every voice is heard in our democratic process.

So tonight, my team and I want to thank the dedicated election officials who are working so diligently to ensure all remaining votes are included in the final count."

Jordan released a video Thursday morning, saying the final results won’t be known until late Tuesday, November 10, according to Richmond General Registrar Kirk Showalter.

"Hang in there. I know we're all eager for final numbers," said Jordan.

Jovonni Armstead-Tucker lives in Jackson Ward. She says normally this doesn't happen.

"It's so exciting to see that," said Armstead-Tucker. "We don't get a whole lot of close matches here. People just pick somebody, and we get what we get. But this time, to have it so close is really cool."

Residents are hoping whoever wins, that they will remember to keep them involved.

"I've been here a few years so I'm a newbie," said Blair Dobbins who lives in Jackson Ward. "I've got my opinion but I don't have a real depth to reach from and I do think with a representative that's what we need to respect that to find the people who really have the history here and really come up with some good ideas that work for everybody."

"Don't forget about us once you get into City Hall. Make sure that you keep that line of communication open where you can talk to us... Don't get distracted. Stay focused and let us work together so that we can all live happily here," added Armstead-Tucker.