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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
"In the four years I have known Graham, he has always been passionate about strengthening our communities. Our city deserves a councilman who represents teachers. Everyday I watch him tackle many tough challenges in our school with intelligence and passion. A great leader is accountable, committed, and inspiring. Graham fits the bill and deserves your vote."
Stevara Clinton - Chemistry Teacher
"These are the qualities that I look for in leadership: the desire to make the people around you better, the ability to create better outcomes through effort and willpower, possession of the insight of not merely recognizing that a problem exists, but understanding what created that issue in the first place. Most importantly, developing solutions that have long term as well as short term results. He is a man that puts others first, no matter their background or beliefs. Graham Sturm has proven to me that no matter the scenario he is the person to lead."
William “Frank” Scott - Government Teacher
"If Graham gets to do for the city what he contributes to our school--systems thinking and organizational vision, an ever-intensifying impulse to put people first, a combination of creativity and work ethic that give his ideas stickiness in their application, and a quick wit to hold it all with perspective--Richmond couldn’t not level up. Sturm for city council, baby. "
Andrew Maples - English Teacher
"Mr. Sturm is one of my favorite people! He is very kind and smart and loves to see his kids shine. I had so much fun working with him on Armstrong’s production of Once on This Island. He always encouraged us to do our best and to always be thinking actors. Please vote for Mr. Sturm."
Harmony Wise - Rising 6th Grade Student
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