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.   Continue reading

Eleanor Thompson ~ 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, 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. Continue reading

Getting to Know The Candidates ~ Buffy Wicks

November 6this right around the corner and while, for some people, it will be just another Tuesday, it’s a critical date in that many of your neighbors will be heading to the polls to elect a new Governor, maybe some City Council and School Board members and…a new member of the State Assembly representing the 15thAssembly District stretching from North Oakland to Hercules.   Continue reading

Patricio Dujan ~ 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. Continue reading

Jim Rogers 2018 ~ 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. Continue reading

Carlos Taboada ~ 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. Continue reading

WCCUSD TRUSTEE PHILLIPS ON TRUSTEE AREA ELECTION PROCESS

The process to move to trustee area or ward elections in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) stalled after the Contra Costa County Board of Education rejected the trustee area map adopted by the WCCUSD school board. Continue reading

Carole Johnson ~ 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, 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. Continue reading

Michael Gonzales ~ 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. Continue reading

Give Local School Districts More Control Over Charters

As school board members in Oakland, Berkeley and West Contra Costa Unified, we believe in the power of a public-school education. Public schools used to be a way up for students, but now, in our state that once led the way with its public education master plan, we’re falling behind the rest of the country. Continue reading
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