Campaign flyer flawed
on September 12, 2012
Seven members of the community listed in a campaign flyer for City Council candidate Bea Roberson as supporting Roberson said last week that they had not explicitly endorsed the candidate.
Roberson said she had done her best and, if the information was wrong, “It was not done with malice.”
Roberson has been a resident of Richmond since 1964, and this is the first time she has run for public office. In a previous interview with Richmond Confidential, she said she only decided to run in May.
Last week, campaign flyers for Roberson were mailed to Richmond residents. The mailings listed more than 80 elected officials, organizations and members of the community as supporting Roberson’s campaign.
Janie Holland, president of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council, said she does not endorse candidates, while Alejandro Navarro, president of the Southwest Annex Neighborhood Council, said that he had received an invitation to attend Roberson’s official campaign event, but he did not endorse her. Both neighborhood council presidents were listed on the flyer.
Mike DeSimoni Sr., the chairman of the Channel Lumber Company, said he met with Roberson, but that he is a resident of Napa and did not endorse her.
Zee Handoush, who owns 7 Stars Holistic Health Center in Richmond said, “We’ve always been supportive of her work in the community. But in terms of endorsing her as a candidate for the Richmond City Council, I have not.”
Felix Hunziker, founder of the North & East Action Team, Stanly Anderson, president of the Marina Bay Neighborhood Council, and the Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County reaffirmed that they had endorsed Roberson.
Last week an email newsletter sent out by the Richmond Progressive Alliance said that the Richmond Police Officers Association had yet to conduct an interview with Roberson to endorse her as a candidate.
But at Roberson’s official campaign kickoff event, RPOA President Hector Esperaza was quoted saying, “She has our full support and we’re going to do everything we can to make that [her win] happen.”
Richmond Confidential reporters reached seven endorsers for council candidate Eduardo Martinez and six for Marilyn Langlois, and all of them reaffirmed their endorsements.
Roberson said she would correct the error.
“I am being honest as I can,” she said. “If someone is on there who says they didn’t endorse me, I will call each and every one of them and make sure they are not on the next one.”
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