Nye NOT seeking re-election for 4th District Council seat

Feb 21, 2024 | by

Kristen Nye has announced that after 11 years public service that she will not be seeking re-election this year.

From Instagram:

Thanks so much to all of my friends and family who have supported me over my last 11+ years of public service.

As I’ve started my 12th year in public office, I’ve taken time to reflect on the unique opportunity I’ve had to serve my community for so long – starting first as a member and Vice Chair of the Richmond School Board followed by member and now President of City Council.

I’ve fondly remembered chatting with so many 4th District residents on their doorsteps while canvassing during election season, which has always been one of my favorite ways to interact with my constituents. I’ve reflected on my deep gratitude for the countless times residents have rolled up their sleeves and worked with me to advocate for initiatives that make our neighborhoods safer and more welcoming. Our district has some of the kindest, most giving residents and I’ve been privileged to have a front row seat to witness the very best our district has to offer for the past 11 years.

During this time, my children have gone from being active toddlers to driving teenagers, and now, I am actually a proud mom of a college freshman. I’m so impressed by their achievements and the grace they have given me as I’ve juggled my mom duties with public service. It means the world that I cannot think about my time in elected office without also thinking about my children.

While reflecting on my time in public office, as well as what the future holds, I’ve come to an important decision – I have decided that I will not be seeking reelection for the next term on City Council and will be leaving office when this term concludes on December 31, 2024.

I did not come to this decision lightly as serving the 4th District has been the most incredible honor. While I have not made a decision about my next steps professionally, I look forward to finding a new way to continue serving Richmonders.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. I look forward to working closely with my 4th District residents and City Council colleagues over my final 11 months in office to continue moving Richmond forward – there is still so much we can do together.

Nye was elected to the 4th District School Board seat in 2012 in a 5-way race. She bumped to City Council in 2016 (again winning a 5-way contest) and ran unopposed in 2020.

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