Meet Demnlus

Get to Know Me

Demnlus Johnson III grew up in the Iron Triangle before attending Howard University, then returning to Richmond to serve our community.

In November of 2018 Demnlus Johnson III made HISTORY as the youngest person ever elected to serve on the Richmond City Council.

Councilman Johnson retained his position as a community worker at Richmond High School Demnlus is still dedicated to creating opportunities for Richmonds youth.

Building on his campaign platforms he has made good on promises to work closer with the law enforcement and community organizations to build the bridge the between communities of color and our police department.

As Liaison to the Economic Development Commission Councilman Johnson has taken the lead on supporting the revitalization of our Main Street corridor along with working closely small businesses across the City to offer his help and assistance.



Who I Am

I was born at Brookside Hospital. My mother is an armor truck driver for Brinks and my father was a construction worker. Growing up in the Iron Triangle, I experienced firsthand how important economic opportunity and community engagement are for the success of community and how their absence is detrimental to people’s lives. Families like mine had owned their homes since the end of WWII and helped create a tight-knit community in that period. Small businesses like Cotwright corner store and La Perla’s Restaurant contributed to community identity as well as nutrition. It was the time I spent in the Nevin Community Center playing billiards where I learned the people’s history of Richmond, became empowered through education that would allow me to compete in any arena, and developed a deep and abiding adoration for my hometown.

Upon graduating from Howard University, I returned to Richmond to serve my community, as the Vice Chair of the Economic Development Commission, through which I worked with the City Manager’s Office to create community renewal without removal. As a Community Worker at Richmond High School, I partner with various community organizations to eliminate barriers in academic and social success for our youth. Through serving as Town Hall Moderator for Ceasefire, I work to better the relationship between Richmond police and civilians through working to build respect, trust, and understanding.

What I Believe In

I joined the Richmond City Council to continue moving Richmond forward in a manner that respects its citizens and heritage. I understand that safe streets, good schools, and economic opportunity will continue to advance the City of Richmond. I know that affordable housing and the Fight for Fifteen are necessary for immediate survival. I also know that issues in wealth, economics, education, and social mobility are systemic and if we are to truly transcend them we must aggressively attack them at their root and nourish fertile ground in Richmond. I understand that community engagement and economic opportunity are prerequisites and catalysts to closing those gaps.

Now as a member of Richmond City Council, I will continue lean on my experience working in diverse capacities on behalf of the city I love. The people of Richmond elected someone who is a product of Richmond’s history, community, and policies to serve on our City Council with a direct and strategic focus for overcoming our systemic issues. I will continue to advocate on the peoples’ behalf so that no one is left behind or pushed out. Instead I will fight to ensure city opportunities and priorities are conducive to the well-being of all Richmond citizens. 

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