Melvin Willis ~ In His Own Words

Don Gosney


On November 8th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next President of the United States.  As important as this is, here in Richmond there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the Richmond City Council.

Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all nine candidates to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues.

RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.


In the last decade, we have watched Richmond grow safer and healthier. Nevertheless, many of our families continue to struggle, and I want to advance Richmond’s progressive transformation for all its residents.

We need to defeat the Republican Presidential candidate and reject hatred toward women, people of color, and immigrants. At the same time, as Senator Bernie Sanders urges, we need to transform the politics of the nation by building new progressive leadership at the local level. 

I am ready.

I was born and raised in Richmond, and I attended local schools. For six years I have worked as a Community Organizer with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). I defend homeowners from the greed of banks and speculators. I help tenants whose rents are skyrocketing.

I demand health care for all our residents and mobilize communities of color to benefit from local developments, advocating that work be done by unionized labor. I have opposed Chevron’s pollution, and supported the preservation of open shorelines.

I served as a Richmond Planning Commissioner (2012-2014) and I am familiar with government protocols and policies. In 2013 I was honored to receive the 17th annual “Mario Savio Young Activist Award.”

I don’t accept campaign money from corporations or developers. My loyalty is only to the voters. I am endorsed by Vice-Mayor Eduardo Martinez, and Councilmembers Gayle McLaughlin and Jovanka Beckles.

I will represent all the people of Richmond with integrity and humility.

Homes, Health, Jobs and Justice for Richmond!

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