Candidate Profiles

Melvin Willis, Mayoral Candidate

Melvin Willis is Richmond’s current vice mayor and is running against incumbent Tom Butt for the mayoral seat. Willis, 28, is a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and a Richmond native who became the youngest councilmember in Richmond’s history when he was elected at the age of 26. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the city’s youngest city planning commissioner. Willis first ran for public office after nearly six years working with the Alliance of Californians for Community…

Tom Butt, Mayoral Candidate

Tom Butt, the current mayor of Richmond who’s running for a second shot at the position, is clearly proud of his first term. When asked what he could have done better during his time as mayor, he had a simple answer: “Nothing,” he said. Butt, 74, grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He graduated from UCLA in 1973 with an architecture degree and moved to Richmond with his wife, who was starting a master’s degree at UC Berkeley. The couple was…