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Graham Sturm


About Graham Sturm

Graham grew up in Chesterfield County where his teachers taught him the value of education and his parents taught him the value of hard work and dedication.  He is currently employed at Armstrong High School as a history teacher and department chair. He also is the Project Facilitator for Armstrong’s after-school program, ACE, where he assists staff and supervises students. Graham was instrumental in leading the after-school program in producing Armstrong’s first full-production musical, Once on this Island, in over three decades. Graham was nominated by his colleagues to be Armstrong’s Teacher of the Year in 2017 and has won many awards and accolades for teaching excellence. Graham’s eight years in RPS has allowed him to become a leader of both students and teachers. 

Graham’s dedication to children and public service has been a guiding factor in his decision to run for City Council. Being a teacher is the best job in the world; schools, teachers and students need a voice on City Council. He believes that together as a community we can make a very real difference in each other’s lives and this is especially true for the lives of children.




City Council Election is Coming Soon

The upcoming electionin the City of Richmond will be a general and special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. All precincts will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  City Council one of the best opportunities for your vote to directly affect your neighborhood and community.

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Moving Richmond Forward

Graham is running for the 5th District City Council because as a Richmond teacher and a homeowner in the District, he knows first-hand the challenges our schools and community face. These concerns can be solved in a responsive and efficient manner.


Education Policy

As a veteran teacher of Richmond Public Schools, Graham knows the concerns that face our struggling school infrastructure, the stress of high-stakes testing, and financial challenges of our teachers.  The average school in Richmond is over sixty years old. Time has come to rebuild schools, rezone in an equitable way, and consider which schools can be consolidated when funding new school construction.  Learn More


From Maymont and Dogwood Dell, Byrd Park to Texas Beach, and Belle Isle to Reedy Creek, residents of the 5th District, on both sides of the James River, have every reason to protect our natural environment.  Graham promises to work hard to make the 5th District pristine and attractive. He will also fight for city ordinances and regulations that help advance and fund our parks and community gardens.  Learn More

Economic Development

Graham wants to facilitate creating a robust economy that works for everyone. Richmond has so much to offer. Concentrated, systemic poverty should be addressed with more mixed housing opportunities. Investments in our schools will attract future residents in purchasing homes here in Richmond.  Richmond needs responsive leadership for the citizens who own and operate businesses in our city.  Learn More

Equality for All

Graham is a member of Richmond’s LGBTQ+ community. His husband is the son of Central-American immigrants. Graham’s students are overwhelmingly, disproportionately, and negatively affected by issues of race, justice, and economic inopportunity.  We have made bold leaps forward on issues of equal rights and justice for all and Graham promises to keep pushing Richmond forward for all its citizens.  Learn More

Efficient Government

Like many city residents, Graham believes taxes are too high and our return too small. The budget process needs to be more transparent and responsive to our citizens needs. Graham promises to work to restore citizens’ sense of political efficacy and will work to find and cut wasteful spending from the budget. Your trust and faith in the governing process is essential to confidently move Richmond forward.  Learn More


Earning Your Trust

Listening to the challenges and concerns of 5th District constituents is an essential part of understanding the dynamics of our community and providing effective, responsive leadership.  Graham is accessible and independent, with a focus of earning your trust and gaining your respect through hard work and open communication.   Meet Graham

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