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A woman who has owned a home in the City of Williamsburg for 45 years is vying for one of three City Council seats up for election this May.
Barbara “Barb” Ramsey, currently employed as the membership assistant with the Clubs of Colonial Williamsburg, announced her candidacy in a news release Friday.
The terms for Mayor Clyde Haulman, Vice Mayor Paul Freiling and Councilwoman Judy Knudson expire June 30. Only Freiling is running for re-election; Haulman and Knudson have announced they will not seek new terms.
“I am running for Council to be the voice of a diverse community. As a Williamsburg resident, homeowner, landlord, business professional, and William & Mary alumna, I will bring a balanced view and an open mind to city government,” Ramsey said. “My corporate background, relationships with the College, and ties to the community will make me a bridge builder for our city and region.”
Ramsey currently serves as the landlord representative on the city’s Neighborhood Relations Committee. She is the landlord of five properties, one of which is in the city on Griffin Avenue.
A 1975 College of William & Mary graduate and city homeowner since 1977, Ramsey has been active in the community since her graduation. She started her career with local business Kent D. Klyman & Associates and spent 27 years in marketing with Thomasville Furniture. She has been involved with various college boards and groups, such as Tribe Club and Campus Kitchen.
She has also volunteered with Williamsburg Farmers Market, Dream Catchers and United Service Organizations and Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women’s Hall of Fame.
Ramsey said she wants to work with fellow council members on maintaining the city’s character and enhancing its economic vitality; raising the city’s profile as a “multi-element destination”; increasing cooperation among the city, its major institutions and the region; and responding to an aging population.
“I am not a politician,” Ramsey said. “I am a problem-solver with a long history of giving back to our community. Right now, I want to use my experience in marketing, business and volunteerism to move our city forward.”
Ramsey has launched a campaign website, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts for citizens to follow her campaign efforts.