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With 50 years of living in Williamsburg under his belt, Gregory Granger wants to use his lifelong experience to help guide the city for the next generation.
Granger, born and raised in the City of Williamsburg, announced Monday he is vying for one of the three City Council seats up for election in May. His father Gilbert served on City Council between 1976 and 1988 and 1996 to 2000, serving as mayor from 1996 to 1998.
The terms for Mayor Clyde Haulman, Vice Mayor Paul Freiling and Councilwoman Judy Knudson expire June 30. Freiling has announced his bid for re-election; Haulman and Knudson have said they will not run.
Barbara Ramsey, Elaine McBeth and Benming Zhang have also been certified to appear on ballots when citizens vote May 3. The deadline to file for candidacy expired Tuesday.
“Williamsburg is where I grew up, where I work, and where my wife, Lisa and I raise our family,” he said in a statement. “I want to serve on City Council to protect our quality of life and to ensure our city remains livable and picturesque for generations to come.”
Granger, who owns both the AM radio station WMBG 740 and Great Knights Inc. and serves as vice president of G-Square Inc, said he is seeking a seat on City Council in an effort to make the city government more inclusive by including a “wider array of our citizens” on local boards and commissions and to continue improving the city’s relationship with College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg.
He also wants to address the “diminishing appearance” of the city that he believes stems from changing an on-street trash pickup service, saying it has had unintended consequences that could affect the way tourists perceive Williamsburg.
“As a lifelong resident who graduated from Lafayette High School, I know first-hand that Williamsburg is a city that can provide for a lifetime,” Granger said in a statement. “You can grow up here, graduate from public schools here, operate a business here, and raise a family here. Williamsburg can provide a great quality of life for all its residents.”