City of Pride and Purpose: Richmond, CA 2014 Election Results: Chevron defeated but less than 6% Ain't an "Ass Kicking"

Radio Free Richmond

blogimage.jpgA post this morning stated: "The People, united, will never be defeated!" and that Chevron got its ass kicked.

Let’s put it into perspective.

Richmond has a population of 107,000.

“The People” consisted of 10% who voted for mayor.
Butt:  5,537 votes 

(less than 6% of “The People” voted “yes” and he only beat Bates by 1,719 votes)


Four-year council seat showed a little more enthusiasm where a little over 28% of “The People” voted.

McLaughlin: 4,880 votes
Beckles: 4,679 votes
Martinez: 4,214 votes

Less than 5% of “The People” voted yes.


Two-year council seat 10% of "The People" voted:

Myrick: 5,153 (less than  6% voted yes)


Less than 6%
 of “The People” thought enough of these candidates to vote them in.  Not exactly my definition of an “ass kicking”.
Regardless of who “won” or who “lost” with what the results show, Richmond as a community lost this election.

Rather than basking in the glow of victory or lamenting the agony of defeat, we as a community, meaning the entire population of Richmond, need to pause and consider the systemic cause of this truly humbling and mortifying turnout.

By: Richmond residnet Jason Myres. Reposted from his blog, City of Pride and Purpose

Showing 3 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Ct Weber
    commented 2014-11-07 18:19:52 -0800
    I think that using the population of the city, 107,000, as “The People” is somewhat misleading. Richmond only has 40,926 registered voters. Roughly half the population are not allowed to register because they are too young, not citizens or prior social behavior. Some just do not beleive in elections. Maybe the children of those who voted against big oil would have voted against big oil as weell if allowed to do so. Also the final results won’t be known until early December. That said I agree that the turnout was very low.
  • joe puleo
    commented 2014-11-06 16:22:43 -0800
    Hi Don. You got the percentage voting for city council wrong. The 28,000 + votes have to be divided by three as the voter voted three times or less for the three candidates. accordingly only 9,620 voters at best voted for city council as of the time these numbers were posted. I know you like to have correct information and I hope this proves helpful. Joe
  • mike
    commented 2014-11-06 05:06:43 -0800
    A bunch of ordinary people beating one of the wealthiest corporations in the history of the world? That’s “kicking ass,” whether you truth-challenged conservatives like it or not. You complainers lost, the People won. Get used to it!
Fight your California speeding ticket and win here. Fight your red light camera ticket here. Fight your cell phone ticket here.