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A ‘Revellution’ Is Needed in Portsmouth

A ‘Revellution’ Is Needed in Portsmouth

Robbie Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

I have lived in Portsmouth my entire life. Honestly, I love this city and all that it has given me. Portsmouth is historic, and in my opinion, it is perhaps the most beautiful city in Hampton Roads.

Lately, however, the city has been the subject of negative headlines for numerous reasons, such as childish bickering between leaders, corruption and more. Within the last few years, I have been greatly concerned about the future of my city. Instead of continuing to worry about this problem, I decided to work on a solution.

Cathy Revell

Cathy Revell

I decided to run the campaign for someone I believe will work towards fixing things if elected to Portsmouth City Council. Her name is Cathy Revell.

Cathy has lived in Portsmouth for all of her life, and is well acquainted with the city and its problems. She is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Riverside Hospital School of Professional Nursing and the Saint Joseph’s College Health Administration program. She also attended the Lefcoe Leadership Program, the Center for Leadership Innovation in Greenbelt, Maryland and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership.

As an alumnus of one of the leadership programs Cathy has been through, I feel confident in her ability to lead Portsmouth, as well as her capacity to work with individuals that may not have the same ideologies as her.

She was appointed by the Portsmouth City Council to serve on the Department of Behavioral Health Advisory Board, which she served on for six years. She is a lifetime member of the Olde Towne Civic League and served on the Olde Towne Civic League Foundation Board for six years as well. She also currently serves as a member of the Olde Towne Business Association and the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics boards of directors.

These appointments display her ability to get the job done and her commitment to a brighter future for Portsmouth. She is among the best candidates I’ve had the honor of working for during my career.

I attended Churchland High School, and my mom is also an elementary school teacher in the Portsmouth Public School system. I know how both teachers and students feel. If we want a larger tax base here, we must first improve our schools.

Building Krogers and Taco Bells are nice, however, they are not going to be the reason that people move to Portsmouth. Higher graduation rates, higher salaries and rising test scores are what will help to enlarge our tax base.

Cathy has vowed to work with our school board to ensure that they have what they need to guarantee that our students are getting the best education possible, as well as creating more vocational programs for our students to make sure that they have a plan after graduation.

A lot of the time, Portsmouth seems like an outcast among the other cities in the area. We can’t let this continue. We must have a seat at the table. Portsmouth needs the Hampton Roads region to take us seriously, and the only way to do that is to bring civility back to the city.

Cathy has made improving the image of Portsmouth and improving our relationship with the other seven cities a major issue during her campaign.

In spite of all the potential it has, Portsmouth lags behind compared to other cities in Hampton Roads. The city has had trouble integrating technology and diversifying economic development efforts. Portsmouth needs to ensure that we have the proper infrastructure across the city and the workforce in place to expand our current businesses and attract new ones.

Portsmouth needs leaders who will bring and facilitate economic development. Cathy, who is a small business owner herself, has experience in running organizations, businesses and non-profits. She has worked with large budgets and handled issues in a quick manner.

Cathy understands that economics development should be Portsmouth’s top priority and she has the skills necessary to lead Portsmouth in this endeavor.

The Virginian-Pilot has also noticed Cathy’s strengths, endorsing her, along with Elizabeth Psimas and Lisa-Lucas Burke. This is a well-deserved endorsement and I applaud the publication for choosing such an honest and hardworking woman.

As someone who knows her well, I can confirm The Virginian-Pilot’s assessment of her personality is accurate. She definitely has the right temperament that can help restore civility to the city council and move Portsmouth in the right direction.

As we head to the polls on Nov. 8, I hope my fellow ODU students from Portsmouth will join me in supporting Cathy to bring about positive change in our city. As we elect a new president and prepare for change at the national level, let’s also bring change to Portsmouth.

It’s time we give Cathy Revell an opportunity to fix Portsmouth City Council. It’s time for a ‘Revellution’ in Portsmouth.