Jim Rogers, City Council Candidate
on January 31, 2018
Jim Rogers is one of several candidates running for Richmond City Council who has served previously. Before serving on the council from 2002 to 2014, he served as a Contra Costa County supervisor in the mid to late 90s.
In 2014, Rogers helped negotiate a deal with Chevron that includes a program known as “the Richmond Promise,” through which Chevron will give a total of $35 million dollars in scholarships to every Richmond and North Richmond high school senior who attends a two or 4-year college, university or career technical education program.
Rogers, 63, said he is very passionate about finding ways to solve community concerns. In 2009, when the county was planning to close several Richmond schools, Rogers led a fight that helped save Kennedy High School.
“There was a lot of community outrage over that,” he said. “I channeled that community outrage into a productive approach, which was successful in keeping Kennedy High.”
Rogers is a self-employed financial planner, and practiced law for 25 years. Rogers is now the PTA vice president for his son’s school, Washington Elementary. His interest in running for council again lies in his belief that one shouldn’t be satisfied living a comfortable lifestyle.
“You should give back to the community,” he said.
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