So far, four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to compete for Richmond’s highest office. Councilmember Nat Bates, Charles Ramsey, President of West Contra Costa Unified School District’s board, Uche Uwahemu CEO of Cal Bay Consulting Group LLC and Mike Parker of the Richmond Progressive Alliance all have campaigns underway for Richmond’s mayoral election, which will take place in November.
We spoke with these mayoral candidates about their plans for Richmond’s future.
Richmond has seen some positive changes in the past few years: most notably a sharp decline in the crime rate, but poverty—at 17 percent—and unemployment—at 11 percent—remain major concerns.
With a new state-high minimum wage of $13 by 2018, and a controversial plan by Richmond’s current mayor, Gayle McLaughlin, to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages in order to help homeowners stay in their homes, we had a lot of questions for these mayoral hopefuls.
— Sukey Lewis