Sadly, perhaps, Richmond has become a one-party town, not that much different from Havana, Moscow or Pyongyang. If you want to serve on the City Council, you have to get the backing of the politburo, I mean Steering Committee of the RPA. In a city with some 30,000 registered voters, a majority of these 28 people will determine who will replace Gayle McLaughlin:
Co-coordinators - Sharron SK Williams and Marcos Bañales
Communications Chair - Sue Wilson
Membership Chair - Kabir Kapur
Office Chair - Tarnell Abbott
Treasurer - Shoji
Recording Secretary - Michelle Chan
Schools Action Team - Peter Chau
At-large members - Jovanka Beckles, Nancy Combs, Ben Choi, Sung Ae Cho, Porschea Brown, Kelly Dugan, Malia Everette, Laura Garcia-Santiago, Marilyn Langlois, Paul Larudee, Juan Reardon, Ada Recinos, Carlos Taboada, Zak Wear, and Melvin Willis.
Representatives of allied organizations - Claudia Jimenez (CCC Racial Justice Coalition), Millie Cleveland (SEIU Local 1021), David Sharples (ACCE), Alyssa Kang (California Nurses Association), Brenda Williams (Richmond Rainbow Pride).
How many of them do you know? Good luck, candidates!
Are you interested in filling Gayle McLaughlin’s vacant seat on the Richmond City Council? If so, August 15th is the deadline to complete the City Clerk’s process for candidates. It is also the deadline to request a Richmond Progressive Alliance endorsement. See below for details.
Richmond City Council members will vote to appoint Gayle’s replacement at their September 12th meeting. The City Council will consider only those candidates who complete the City Clerk’s process by August 15th at 5 pm (see link below). The RPA plans to endorse one or more candidates for the appointment and notify City Council members of the endorsement. Our endorsement is separate and independent of any action taken by the Richmond City Council, and Council Members who are also members of RPA are not part of the endorsement process.
To be considered for an RPA endorsement, you must complete these three steps by 5 pm on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
- Use this form to write a 250 word statement and file it with the City Clerk’s office. In addition, statements must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to filing with the City Clerk. Additional instructions can be read on the form itself.
- Write your answers to the RPA Endorsement Questions and email those answers to RPA Co-chair Marcos Bañales at email@example.com. RPA Endorsement Questions PDF Version. RPA Endorsement Questions Word Version.
- Sign up for and attend a 1 hour interview with RPA Steering Committee Members. Sign up here. Interviews will take place between August 16th and 21st at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center (2540 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94801) unless otherwise noted.
If you have any questions, please email RPA Co-chair Marcos Bañales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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