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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of ChicoCandidate for City Council

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Tami Ritter

Councilmember/Family Mediator
13,464 votes (11.45%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect Chico's natural environment, including re-staffing full tree crew and hiring of Urban Forester
  • Responsible resource allocation - utilize mental health professionals in lieu of public safety personnel where appropriate and address issues related to homelessness including lack of affordable housing ,
  • Create sound fiscal policy that maintains accountability and transparency.



Profession:Councilmember, Family Mediator
City Councilor, City of Chico — Elected position (2012–current)
Educator, Counselor for Offender Treatment, Family Violence Education Program (2011–2014)
Outpatient Therapist, Treatment Trends, Confront Alcohol and Drug Treatment (2009–2010)
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Butte County (2006–2008)
Executive Director, Torres Community Shelter (2000–2005)


International Institute for Resporative Practices Master of Science , Restorative Justice (2010)
University of LaVerne Master of Science, Educational Psychology (2005)

Community Activities

Founder, Chico Youth Court (2014–current)
Associate Board Member, Community Housing Improvement Program (2001–current)
Volunteer, Butte Environmental Council (2000–current)


I am running for re-election to the Chico City Council because I feel passionately about preserving and enriching our community. With a focus on sustainability (social, environmental, and fiscal) I will work to ensure that future generations enjoy the same or a better quality of life in Chico that I cherish. With a solid history in social services and community involvement, in addition to a first term as a City Councilor, I have the skills and experience to be a city leader. I have worked with diverse constituents and have a proven track record of successfully working with people of all political/idealogical persuasions. As a counselor, educator and mediator, I am able to communicate respectfully with all people, not just those with whom I am in agreement.

In both my career and personal life, I have been dedicated to giving back and creating a better, more egalitarian community. Professionally, I have worked with both victims and offenders of domestic violence, directed the local homeless shelter, worked as an advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities, served as the director of a self-help housing organization, and counseled those suffering from addictions. In my personal life, I have volunteered for the City of Chico Police Department's Youth Diversion program, have been a crisis-line volunteer, a park volunteer, a foster parent, and have rescued numerous animals from the shelter.

With a strong commitment to ethical and legal standards and a focus on accountability and personal responsibility, I will always work in the best interest of the City. I believe in compromise but do not think that consensus is always possible. That said, I am interested in making sure that Fair Process is observed (The three principles of fair process are: Engagement—involving individuals in decisions that affect them by listening to their views and genuinely taking their opinions into account; Explanation—explaining the reasoning behind a decision to everyone who has been involved or who is affected by it; and Expectation clarity—making sure that everyone clearly understands a decision and what is expected of them in the future).

I will continue to be an excellent Council person not only because of my experience but because of my personal integrity and work ethic. I will work hard for the City of Chico and its residents. I will be fair and thoughtful in my decision making, and I will always seek clarification and additional information so that I can make the best, most informed decisions. 


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Kirk Trostle, former Chief of Police, City of Chico
  • Jon Luvaas, Community Activist, Delegate for Bernie Sanders, Retired Attorney
  • Maureen Kirk, Vice Chair, Butte County Supervisor

Organizations (5)

  • Democratic Action Club of Chico
  • Butte County Democratic Central Committee
  • Chico Democrats
  • Butte Glenn Central Labor Council
  • Operating Engineers Local 3

Elected Officials (4)

  • Michael Whorley, Chico Area Recreation District Board Member
  • Ann Schwabe, Councilmember, former Mayor
  • Randall Stone, Councilmember
  • Ryne Johnson, Butte County Board of Education Trustee

Individuals (7)

  • Andy Holcombe - Former Mayor of Chico
  • Lupe Arim-Law, Regional Field Organizer, Organizing for America
  • Angela Cook, business owner, former Arts Commissioner
  • Dustin Q. Platt, Educator, Organic Food Advocate
  • Mark Steman, Professor CSUC
  • Julian Zener, Retired Physician, Sierra Club
  • Robyn DiFalco, former Executive director of Butte Environmental Council

Videos (1)

— September 24, 2016 Produced by Respectful Revolution
Published on Sep 19, 2016

Incumbent Chico City Council member Tami Ritter, a progressive, sustainability-minded candidate, revved up her re-election campaign earlier this month by asking her constituents to express their hopes, wishes and aspirations for their hometown. Participants were given the opportunity to inform policy makers of their visions for Chico. The folks from the Respectful Revolution Project were on-hand to document her "Imagine Chico" event, where voters were encouraged to create colorful, Tibetan-style prayer flags - and to envision what they wish for their town. Part "listening party," part political rally, it became an inspiring, creative and almost poetic collective "vision quest" for a better, kinder future in Chico, CA. 
Tami Ritter 2016 ~ Leadership with Integrity! 
*Many thanks to Jim Brobeck and Diane Suzuki for the sweet music!

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