Philip Thomson

For Soil and Water Conservation Director

Philip Thomson was born and raised in the west end of Richmond. After graduating Godwin High School, Philip attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland majoring in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations.

Philip’s interest in preservation, history and government was sparked in part by his grandparent’s home, Rural Plains in Hanover County, circa 1724. The need to ensure that home survived to tell a story of America was threatened when the County of Hanover proposed an ill-conceived highway across the front lawn. Philip, and his family, were active in opposing this plan before the Board of Supervisors and County leaders. Ultimately, it took an act of Congress for the family to stop the highway and protect the property. The home and property are now a part of the Richmond National Battlefield Parks System.

Philip and his soulmate of 27 years have resided in New Kent for 16 years while restoring their home of Poplar Springs in Barhamsville, circa 1789. They share their home with 4-time rescue dog, Hogie. He presently is a manager at Schwarzschild Jewelers in Richmond.

Awakened by the many threats to our community, most recently the Combat Range, Philip felt it was time to get involved. He is running for Soil and Water Conservation Director because he believes New Kent is at a crossroads and that the decision we make today will matter far into the future.