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Graham Sturm - Candidate for Richmond City Council - 5th DistrictGraham 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.

Graham 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. Education and the arts are two of Graham’s favorite parts of living in Richmond.

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.

Graham was active in afterschool programs and his swim team. Graham graduated from Manchester High School and is a product of public education.

From a family of Hokies, Graham and his brother are first-generation college graduates.  He pursued and earned a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Graham was on campus the day of the Virginia Tech school shooting in 2007. This deeply impacts his view on creating safe schools for our children.

Graham went on to earn a Masters in Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University as part of the first graduating cohort of students from the Richmond Teacher Residency program. This program is designed for aspiring teachers to work with urban youth and teach for change. Forever grateful to this experience, Graham spent an entire year working side-by-side with a RPS teacher. He learned how to develop positive relationships with students and how to make learning relevant to high schoolers.

Graham 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. Education and the arts are two of Graham’s favorite parts of living in Richmond.

Graham & CarlosGraham and his husband Carlos got engaged before marriage equality was legal in Virginia and got married before marriage equality was legal in the United States. They believe every human being has value. They became homeowners in Richmond in 2015 where they play with their dog Levi and care for their backyard garden.

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.

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