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    Founded in February 2014, Radio Free Richmond is a partnership by local resident activists Don Gosney and Felix Hunziker with BMWL, a regional public affairs firm with a long history of West County community engagement.

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    Anthony Caro ~ Concession

    As part of the coverage of the local races running up to the General Election of November 6, Radio Free Richmond offered candidates an opportunity to post op-ed stories on the issues.  Although unusual, we are also affording candidates an opportunity to post their thoughts on the election.
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    2018 Elections ~ All Over But the Shouting

    It’s all over but the shouting—and the gloating, finger pointing and commiserating.
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    Anthony Caro ~ In His Own Words

    On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, a race to serve in the State Assembly, three positions on the Richmond City Council, the Richmond Mayoral race as well as the State Superintendent of Education.  As important as these are, here in West County there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education. Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all eleven candidates for the Board to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues. The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance. RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.
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    Cesar Zepeda ~ In His Own Words II

    On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, school board races, a critical race for the 15thAssembly District as well as the State Superintendent of Education.  As important as these are, here in Richmond there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the Richmond City Council as well as for the Mayor of Richmond. Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all thirteen candidates for the Council and the two candidates for the Mayor’s position to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues. The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance. RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.
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    Charter Schools Hurt Our Kids

    Charter schools are taxpayer-funded public schools operated by private sector corporations. Although they receive billions in California taxpayer dollars every year, they are not required to follow the same laws and regulations that regular neighborhood public schools are required to follow.
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    Ballot Drop-Off Boxes at City Hall

    Residents can save postage and time with this vote-by-mail program
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    Diego Garcia ~ In His Own Words

    On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, school board races, a critical race for the 15thAssembly District as well as the State Superintendent of Education.  As important as these are, here in Richmond there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the Richmond City Council as well as for the Mayor of Richmond. Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all thirteen candidates for the Council and the two candidates for the Mayor’s position to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues. The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance. RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.
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    Lynn Mackey ~ In Her Own Words

    On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, a race to serve in the State Assembly, three positions on the Richmond City Council, the Richmond Mayoral race as well as the State Superintendent of Education.  As important as these are, here in Contra Costa County there is also a critical race being contested for the Contra Costa Superintendent of Education. Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to both candidates for this position to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues. The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance. RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.
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    Vanessa Calloway ~ In Her Own Words

    On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, a race to serve in the State Assembly, three positions on the Richmond City Council, the Richmond Mayoral race as well as the State Superintendent of Education.  As important as these are, here in West County there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education. Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all eleven candidates for the Board to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues. The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance. RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.
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    Local Candidate Forums

    With the General Election on November 6th, we have an opportunity to select from a wide array of candidates to serve for the next 2-4 years.  Here in West County, we have elections for: RICHMOND MAYOR (1) RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL (3) 15th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT (1) WEST CONTRA COSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION (3) CONTRA COSTA SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS (1) PINOLE CITY COUNCIL (3) HERCULES CITY COUNCIL (2) SAN PABLO CITY COUNCIL (2) EL CERRITO CITY COUNCIL (2) There are other 'Special Districts' which include, among others, transit districts, water districts and sanitary districts.  Learn more about those by going to: Special Districts When possible, Radio Free Richmond attends candidate forums, video records them, posts them to YouTube and then shares the links.  Learning of these forums is almost as difficult as learning national secrets.  If anyone knows of a forum coming up, please share this information with Radio Free Richmond by emailing the editor at dongosney@comcast.net. It costs a fortune to run a campaign and with limited financial resources, getting a message out to the voters can be next to impossible.  For instance, for the WCCUSD School Board, there are 121,075 registered voters in 66,017 households.  Now try to imagine what it might cost to send just one small mailer to each household.  A candidate can have the solutions to all of the problems but if they can't get their message out, how can they expect to win? These forums can help educate the electorate.  As new forums come up, Radio Free Richmond will try to keep the public informed. There is a meeting of the Fairmede/Hilltop Neighborhood Council this Thursday, Sept 27th where the two candidates for Richmond Mayor have been invited to take questions.  The event will be held at the Hilltop Community Church at3118 Shane Drive in Richmond and is expected to start at 7:00 PM.  
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