Occupation: Senior field representative for Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Four years working on environmental campaigns with the California League of Conservation Voters. Founder of Standing To Represent Our Next Generation (STRONG), an organization to encourage political activism among young people. Staff member serving Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, for more than three years.
Personal background: Raised in San Pablo. Son of a West Contra Costa school district teacher. Father of 7-month-old boy.
Education: Kennedy High School in Richmond, La Sierra University, Riverside
Occupation: President and CEO of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Berkeley
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Has lived and worked in Richmond area since 1989. Served as the CEO of Cooperative FCU for two years. Worked in the main office of First Bankers Mortgage and Realty in Richmond. Was a licensed real estate broker and owned and operated First Bankers Mortgage in Richmond for several years. Was vice president and branch manager of the Bank of the West in Richmond for nearly 10 years.
Elected to City Council in Wichita, Kan. in 1985, only the second African-American to serve in the city's history.
Richmond City Councilman 1999-2004. Helped initiate the Richmond Main Street Initiative, which is revitalizing historic downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village, and the Easter Hill Hope VI Project, which transformed that dilapidated housing project into a new mixed-income development.
Personal background: From a family of 10 children. He has a twin sister. Married father of two sons.
Education: MBA in management from John F. Kennedy University, Orinda. BA from Wichita State University.
Occupation: Community advocate, organizer and mediator
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Recently retired from position as community advocate in the mayor's office in Richmond. Previously worked as a community mediator and conflict resolution trainer, and volunteer organizer with the League of Women Voters and Richmond Progressive Alliance. Previous experience includes teaching, administrative assistant and graduate student services.
Personal background: Says her experience living in different countries and communities taught her the importance of appreciating other people and working in solidarity to build a world where everyone can have a decent life while contributing to the well-being of the community as a whole.
Education: Public schools, El Cerrito; BA in German, Pomona College; training in tax preparation, counseling and mediation.
ELLA "BEA" ROBERSON
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Former personnel/accounting manager for Alten Construction, retired in 2010. Served as president of the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council for the last three years and treasurer for three years before that. Current chairwoman of the Richmond Police Commission. West County Liaison for the Red Cross. Logistics chairwoman of the Home Front Festival and Juneteenth Festival. A CERT instructor and member of executive board for Emergency Preparedness in Richmond. Executive board member of the Crime Prevention Program. Police volunteer for five years and continues to assist at events. Works at the Richmond Library, and has boxed up more than 90 boxes of old books to be sent for sale instead of being thrown away.
Personal background: Grew up in Anadarko, Okla. Came to Richmond in 1964. Raised a family.
Education: Information not provided.
Occupation: City Councilman
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Worked for the Alameda County Probation Department as a group counselor, retiring as administrative supervisor in 1989. Field representative to state Sen. Dan Boatwright.
Political career began in 1967, has been elected to seven terms in office.
Personal background: Widower, father of four.
Education: BA, San Francisco State University; teachers credential, California State University, Hayward.
Occupation: City Councilman/architect
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Vietnam veteran. Decorations include Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. Founded Richmond firm Interactive Resources nearly 40 years ago.
Elected four terms to City Council, served 17 years. Serves on several regional commissions.
Personal background: Married, two children, four grandchildren.
Education: BA and MA in architecture and urban design, University of Arkansas and UCLA
Occupation: Retired teacher
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Taught elementary school for 18 years in the West Contra Costa school district.
Personal background: Born and raised in Texas. Came to Bay Area in 1971. Married with one son.
Education: BA liberal studies, multiple subjects; teaching credential
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Longtime filmmaker and actor and host in public access and web-based media.
Personal background: Longtime area resident and fixture at council meetings.
Education: Richmond High School, Contra Costa College.
Age: not provided
Occupation: Founder/CEO of Social Progress Inc.
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Worked with West Contra Costa school district. Served as Richmond police commissioner. Volunteered with the Anti-Drug Task Force. Vice president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. Neighborhood Watch block captain. Representative for the West County Democratic Party.
Personal background: Not provided.
Education: AA Contra Costa College, BA from Chapman University
Occupation: Native American civil rights advocate
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Native Advocate for more human and civil rights for Indian Country for the past 25 years. San Francisco Bay Area delegate for the Inter-Tribal Council of California. Founding member of The Committee of Families for the Safety of Our Children, a watchdog organization. Writer, author and speaker.
Personal background: Lifetime Richmond resident.
Education: Richmond High School graduate. BA from Cal State Hayward.