We have an opportunity this November to turn the tide
in Richmond politics.
The Richmond City Council will shrink from a 9-member
body to a 7-member body. 3 seats are open.
Below are the 3 candidates that I am endorsing and recommending
for your support:
Tom Butt (the only incumbent that I am endorsing) www.tombutt.com
Jovanka Beckles www.jovankabeckles.org
Jeff Ritterman www.jeffritterman.com
All three of these individuals were
strong voices of opposition to the Chevron expansion
project that was recently approved by the current Council
majority and has caused so much outrage in our community.
All three of these individuals know it is essential that
we reverse the decades of Richmond’s subservience to
I am not up for reelection this year. The people of
Richmond can continue to count on me, as mayor, to serve
as a progressive member of the City Council. Filling
the 3 open seats by reelecting Tom Butt and electing
Jovanka Beckles and Jeff Ritterman will assure that Richmond
truly has a City Council that represents the people’s
Let me also
add that Tom, Jovanka and Jeff join me in endorsing
the Citizen’s Ballot Initiative, "A
Fair Share for Richmond," that will be on the November
ballot. If passed, this initiative will bring 16-20 million
dollars annually into our City’s coffers from Chevron.
Read about this initiative here: www.richmondprogressivealliance.net
This is an exciting period in Richmond politics! I will
continue to keep you updated.
Gayle McLaughlin Mayor, City of Richmond