On November 8th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Mayor of Richmond As important as this is, here in Richmond there are also three critical races being contested for three seats on the Richmond City Council.
As an added bonus, there are two seats open on the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education.
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My neighbors in District 3 need a powerful voice on the City Council. Someone to make sure that District 3 is not ignored. I am that voice.
My city government experience began in 1984. As a former Councilmember and Vice-Mayor, I’ve brought jobs and businesses to Richmond, and I share the need for making the city government accountable to the community. While in office, I exposed the bad living conditions in the Hacienda apartments and was successful in the rehabilitation of the Hacienda apartments. While on the Parks and Recreation Board, I had restrooms put in all city parks and I made sure that Cutting Blvd was a part of the Mayor’s Richmond Beautification Committee program. I was one of three City Councilmembers that developed the Richmond Promise Scholarship Program [funded with $35 million over 10 years through a community benefit package with Chevron that I worked on while on the Council.]. This program sent students to college and continues to this day.
The only high school in District 3 is slated to be rebuilt. I will make sure that you have a voice at the table on all decisions concerning the rebuilding of Kennedy High School (aka JFK), I was a member of the San Quentin project whereas I went inside San Quentin bi-weekly and talked to inmates preparing to leave incarceration and return to society. As one of the founding members of the Richmond Tent City Peace Movement we were successful in reducing the homicide rate. I was a member of the selection committee to hire the Richmond Chief of Police, Chris Magnus. As the Vice Mayor I traveled to China and secured a development project for the City of Richmond, known as Terminal 1. This brought jobs and finances to the City of Richmond.
I am the most experienced person running for District 3. As a former Councilmember, first elected in 2010 to 2014, Vice-Mayor from 2013, I have been known to make public safety our number one priority. With the Richmond Police Department (RPD) being short more than 35 officers and with the fire department being short 10 firefighters, it will be my job to return police and fire to full staff with the finances they need to keep the community safe. No longer can we allow illegal dumping, home burglaries, auto theft and especially catalytic converter thefts with no response from the police department.
Being a former business owner in the City of Richmond, I know how to attract new businesses to Richmond. One of my greatest accomplishments was raising money to fund the Richmond Build program.
Finally, let me recap my top priorities:
- Public Safety/Police and Fire
- Code Enforcement/illegal dumping
- Affordable Housing
- Rebuilding of Kennedy High School
The name Corky Boozé is well known in the City of Richmond for getting things done. As a City Councilperson, I will be representing the entire city with the understanding that District 3 is my primary focus.
It is also well known around town that if you want to contact Corky Boozé, all you have to do is go to Casper’s Hotdogs, 2530 MacDonald Ave, Richmond, also located in District 3.
Together, we can be victorious.