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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of RichmondCandidate for City Council

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Nathaniel Bates

8,495 votes (11.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Financial fiscal responsibility and accountability by maintaining a balance budget
  • Foster a strong economic development program that creates tax revenue and jobs.
  • Continue to maintain a strong public safety staff to fully protect the community



Profession:City Councilman
Richmond City Councilman, City of Richmond (1967–2016)
City Council, City of Richmond, California — Elected position (1967–2016)
National League of Cities Advisory Board of Directors, National League of Cities — Appointed position (1980–2016)
National League of Cities Board of Directors, National League of Cities — Appointed position (1976–1980)
Member, League of California Cities, Board of Directors, League of California Cities — Appointed position (1973–1975)
Chairman, Contra Costa Mayors Conference, Contra Costa Malyors Conference — Appointed position (1972–1973)


San Francisco State University El Cerrito High School, Contra Costa College,San Francisco State BA degree,Ca State, Hayward,Teachers credential (1963)


When one seeks professional assistance, be it a doctor, attorney, banker of whom ever, most individuals utilize a selection process that includes years of experience, education  and knowledge. These same qualifications should also apply to politicians in that experience, knowledge as well as trustworthy should also be required expectations of a candidate, I am proud to have been your councilman and mayor for more than thirty five years. My years of experience represents more years than my eight competitors combined. 


I feel I have been a family member with many of you over the years as I look back on being a Richmond resident for more than 70 years. During that time, I   attended Stege Elementary, Harry Ells Junior High, El Cerrito High School, Contra Costa College, where I was a star athlete, and graduating from  San Francisco State University and receiving a Teachers

Credential from California State University, Hayward.


My job experience include working for Alameda County Probation Department as a Group Counselor, counseling  young offenders about achieving success in life, not on the streets. After several promotions, I retied as an Administrative Supervisor in 1989 where I was

immediately request by the late California State Senator Dan Boatwright to serve as his field representative.


From my initial election in 1967, economic development that produces revenue and jobs to our community has been and continue to be my top priority. Working to attract new big and small businesses, while retaining those businesses within our city is crucial to a financially stable and progressive community.


As a retired Alameda County Probation Officer, public safety is also a top priority. We must maintain the very best police and fire personnel for the safety of our community. We need public safety personnel that are educated, qualified and respectful and dedicated to our

citizenry. I feel our public safety is one of the best in the nation and I am proud to be

endorsed by both the Richmond Police Officers Association and the Richmond Firefighters, Local 188.


My style in working to solve problems is through a respectful, collaborative effort with a common sense approach had been the success of my leadership during these many years on the council. As a former Professional baseball player and having played other sports, I have found solutions to problems should be about getting the job done and not egos of who gets the credit. When our collective actions result into success, we all win including the city and each individuals who participated in that success.


I wish to thank the voters of Richmond who in 2012 gave me the highest vote in the city's history and an unprecedented nine terms of elective office as a council member. I am proud of my record while serving you and would be honored to earn your vote.


Thanks and may God bless you and your family with love, prosperity happiness and most of all, good health.





Nat Bates



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Carpenters, Local 152
  • City of Richmond Employees Mgt, SEIU Local 21; (BMW) Black Men & Women of Richmond PAC; Operating Engineers Local 3;Sh
  • Richmond Police Officer Assn, Richmond Firefighters, Local 188, Steamfitters, Local 342,Plumbers Union, Local 159

Organizations (1)

  • Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Overall priorities for the City by Councilman Nat Bates


Top four priorities and beyond

As your Councilmember and Mayor for the past several years, my number one priority has been to maintain a balanced budget. It is important not to spend monies in which the revenues do not match and balance.


My second priority has been economic development activities that encourage new businesses to locate in Richmond as well as retain current businesses. Economic developments, in addition to providing desperately needed revenue, also contribute hundreds of jobs for our residents. Because of my strong stands for both big and small businesses, I am referred to by members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce (RCC) and Council of Richmond Industries (COI) as the strongest member of the Council supporting the business community.


My third priority is a strong and effective public safety department. Just as without the financial revenue to pay for the many community services afforded our citizenry, without a solid and strong public safety program, our city will suffer. When our citizenry requests police and fire services, we expect them to respond quickly and be effective in assuming their responsibilities. Therefore, we must continue to employ a highly qualified public safety staff which is educated and trained to respond to a continuing changing community.


As a thirty-five year retired Alameda County Probation Officer, I understand first hand the challenges public safety staff go through daily. This experience, together, with my strong support of public safety, is one of several reasons the Richmond Police Officers Association and the Richmond Firefighters Local 188 have both endorsed my candidacy for re-election.


My fourth priority is to work diligently to create a positive image of the City. Our biggest obstacles are negative actions by our City officials, management staff and members of the community. What we do in a negative manner is often reported by the news media and ultimately embarrasses the city. A recent example was when members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), joined by a member of the Council together with a candidate for the Council, picketed the home of UC Chancellor Dr. Nicholas Dirks, who has been a strong supporter of Richmond being awarded the UC-Berkeley Global Campus.


Such behavior by this radical group in their demands for excessive financial mitigation monies is both unconscionable and irresponsible. As hard as each of us have worked to bring the UC Berkeley Global Campus to Richmond, actions like these become an embarrassment to the City for years. Until we collectively work to improve the City's image, we can expect to be viewed by others as an ineffective city with great assets and potential but lacking in leadership with class.


Within a few days voters will receive in the mail literature describing many of the housing and business projects I have been associated with as a leader and team player in accomplishing.


As a minority senior citizen elected official, during my extended career, I have always been sensitive to fairness and equality. Unquestionably, I feel all citizens should be treated with respect and dignity regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age or sexual orientation.


These principles were the reasons I single handedly fought to include all students, (WCCUSD, Charter and Private Schools students) in the $35 million Richmond Promise Scholarship Program (provided through Chevron USA’s Community Benefit Funds to the City).  Contrary to what some members on the Council and the public want you to believe, the $90 million Chevron mitigation monies to the City would not have materialized without the positive votes of then Councilmember Corky Booze and myself.


In conclusion, I trust my record and accomplishments as your Councilman and Mayor over the years warrant your support and vote again on November 8th. We’ve accomplished much together but we know there is much yet to be done. This success can only be accomplished by electing candidates who are independent, trustworthy, fair in their treatment of others, have a knowledge of the budgetary process and committed to the citizens of Richmond.  I stand ready to serve under the above conditions.


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