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 4-2-16   
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RPA Endorses Ben Choi for Richmond City Council 2016
 

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For Immediate Release 
RPA Endorses Ben Choi for Richmond City Council 2016

 
Photo courtesy of Ben Choi.

For immediate release
4/2/16                                              
Contact:  Marilyn Langlois: 510-710-4493

RPA endorses Ben Choi for Richmond City Council 2016
 
At today's general membership meeting of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, there was a unanimous vote to endorse Planning Commissioner Ben Choi as a candidate for Richmond City Council in November 2016.  Here is Ben's reaction on receiving this endorsement:
 
I am honored -- and humbled -- to be running as an RPA endorsed candidate for city council. Almost a decade ago, when my wife Erica and I moved to Richmond, we became a part of a diverse and dynamic community -- one where people look out for their neighbors and together work towards a brighter future, while still holding close a proud past and a shared culture.
 
In the years ahead we will face great opportunities, but also great challenges.  I do not pretend to have all the answers, but I am confident that, working together, we will find solutions. The important thing is that we are able to bring together the broad scope of voices throughout the community, and to have those conversations -- really hash out how to get to the next level . . . and the next one. I, for one, am really  looking forward to our conversations.
 
Ben has already begun collecting additional high-profile endorsements, including one from former mayor and current City Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, who stated, "I applaud the RPA membership's endorsement of Ben Choi for Richmond City Council.  Ben's willingness to take no corporate donations and his commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice will enhance the City of Richmond's transformation."
 
Marcos BaƱales, co-coordinator of the RPA, looks forward to working on Ben's campaign, adding, "Ben Choi will bring a new face and fresh ideas to Richmond's electoral scene.  With his dedication to meeting the needs of working families and residents of all backgrounds and walks of life, he will be a welcome addition to the city council."
 
Ben has served for the past six years on Richmond's Planning Commission, as one of seven volunteer commissioners.  He is currently employed at Marin Clean Energy, a pubic agency to which Richmond belongs, that supplies renewable energy for residents of a large part of the Bay Area. He has pledged not to accept corporate donations for his campaign, and he supports the Fair and Affordable Richmond coalition's proposed ballot measure to bring a just cause for eviction, fair rent, and homeowner protection ordinance to Richmond. 

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