Katherine Gilmore Richardson had spent 11 years working in City Council when she decided to run for a seat herself. So she was surprised to get pushback from people telling her to wait her turn.
“If I had a dollar for every time I heard that phrase, ‘Wait a few years,’ or, ‘But you’re so young!’” said Richardson, 35, a mother of three and former chief of staff to Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. “I really didn’t think about my age. I didn’t feel I was too young. I felt as though I was ready.”