Incumbent Jason Graham is running for re-election to city council for the Ward 1 seat. Graham has served on the Fredericksburg City Council since 2018. He was raised in Alabama before attending the University of Missouri for his undergraduate degree and the University of Rochester for his master’s degree. He currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton, a large management consulting firm. He’s involved with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Friends of the Rappahannock, and Tree Fredericksburg. He and his wife have two daughters.
One of Graham’s top priorities is increasing access to quality education in Fredericksburg, including internet access. He voted to accelerate the construction of a new school in order to address overcrowding in the area. Especially with a growing population, Graham’s work on an education task force has helped ensure every child will have access to a well-funded, properly resourced and staffed school. Additionally, he understands that Internet access is a necessity to participate in the workforce and educational systems in the 21st century. He’s worked to expand broadband in the area.
Graham has also worked to ensure growth in the city is sustainable and prioritizes affordable housing whenever possible. He voted in favor of expanding the number of residential units in the Historic District, as the housing shortage downtown has led housing prices to drastically increase. He also worked to ensure the Architectural Review Board was included in growth to preserve the character of downtown. Additionally, Graham raised a discussion on the Council of allowing the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Fredericksburg, which would increase the number of affordable housing options.
Graham has worked to ensure all development is sustainable. He and the council successfully rejected an application from Royal Farms to build a convenience store and gas station in Fredericksburg, citing environmental concerns about both a fossil-fuel-based business and the harm from creating unnecessary parking lots. Additionally, Graham voted to move the city to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Graham also helped create a tax incentive for a local co-op grocery store and encouraged the creation of public transportation to the store so that Fredericksburg residents have access to affordable, fresh food.
Graham has also prioritized transparency and citizen involvement in government. He is proud to have an open dialogue with his constituents and has held town hall meetings both virtually and in-person to allow citizen input. On his social media, he prioritizes transparency, taking time to explain how and why the council reached its decisions. He’s also encouraged citizen participation in government, including through participation in local boards and commissions.
Graham is running unopposed, however, his support for the environment, quality education, affordable and sustainable development, and government transparency make him a progressive choice.Last updated: 2021-09-15Incumbent Jason Graham is running for re-election to city council for the Ward 1 seat. Graham has served on the Fredericksburg City Council since 2018.Incumbent Jason Graham is running for re-election to city council for the Ward 1 seat. Graham has served on the Fredericksburg City Council since 2018.