|Richmond Campaign Season Begins - I Need Your Support
June 19, 2012
I Need Your Support
I am running for re-election, and I hope I can count on your support.
Considering that we are still emerging from a deep nation-wide recession that hit California particularly hard, Richmond is still moving in the right direction. Violent crime continues on a downward trend, and employment is trending up. Our streets, parks and municipal buildings are in the best shape they have been in for years. We will adopt an austere but balanced budget next week that will preserve vital services intact, such as police, and leave us with a respectable reserve for emergencies.
Richmond has come a long way since I was first elected to City Council, and I am committed to continue those improvements. Some of the opportunities on which I will continue to focus include:
Richmond now has a reputation as a professionally run City that is now on the cutting edge of many health and environmental issues. Businesses that bring jobs are seeking out Richmond for our location, our environmental and health initiatives and our business-friendly City staff (see Nutiva Moves to Richmond, Adds 50 Employees, June 12, 2012).
Please email me back if I can count on your support, and let me know if there are any burning issues in your neighborhood that we should be addressing.
There are three council members whose terms are ending:
Jeff Ritterman has declared he will not run for reelection. See Ritterman to step aside, field open for candidates for Richmond City Council.
Although he has not formally announced, Nat Bates is presumed to be a candidate.
The legal filing deadline is nearly two months away, but the following individuals have announced they intend to run:
Others who have said they are considering running include:
We Can make a Difference
Richmond has a top notch management team led by City Manager Bill Lindsay. We must have a City Council that is focused on public policy and not distracted by petty conflicts and personal bickering. Together, we can make a difference and continue to move Richmond to the front.