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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of RichmondCandidate for City Council

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Ben Choi

Planning Commissioner
10,490 votes (13.95%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fair and Affordable Housing
  • Bringing jobs to Richmond
  • Bringing hospital and affordable healthcare to Richmond

Experience

Experience

Profession:Account Manager--Marine Clean Energy
Account Manager, Marine Clean Energy (2013–current)
Commissioner, City of Richmond Planning Commission — Appointed position (2010–current)
Program Coordinator, The Energy Coalition (2007–2009)

Education

Amherst Collge Bachelor of Arts Degree, Fine Arts (1993)

Community Activities

Board Member, Urban Habitat (2012–current)

Biography

I grew up in a working-class area of Los Angeles where I helped my immigrant parents run a corner store. We served all the people of our neighborhood -- rich and poor and in between.  But as the sole Korean-American family in a predominantly Latino and Anglo neighborhood, there was no question of trying to blend in. Instead, I came to truly value diversity -- of race, of economics, and of voice, and I had a chance to hear about life from many different perspectives. 

Often there were differences of opinion. I thought then that if everyone listened and had a real conversation, we could come together through the values we share. I still believe that today. 

I will lead Richmond based on this idea -- having the tough conversations is what matters as we look to define our future. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Our Revolution
  • Sierra Club
  • SEIU 1021

Organizations (12)

  • Green Party of Contra Costa
  • National Union of Health Care Workers
  • Amalgamated Transit Union 1555
  • California League of Conservation Voters East Bay
  • California Nurses Association
  • Sunflower Alliance
  • Wellstone Renewall Democratic Club
  • AFSCME
  • SF Bay Guardian
  • East Bay Express
  • Communities for a Better Environment - Action

Individuals (5)

  • Eduardo Martinez
  • Jovanka Beckles
  • Gayle McLaughlin
  • Danny Glover
  • Bernie Sanders

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

“ My campaign is free of corporate donations, because I know corporations aren’t people.  I believe in government by the people and for the people.  If elected, I will represent all the people of Richmond.”

A RICHMOND FOR ALL OF US

  • FAIR & AFFORDABLE HOUSING
  • GREAT JOBS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • SAFE STREETS
  • A HEALTHY CITY FOR ALL
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS

Videos (1)

Experience — October 13, 2016 Candidate's campaign

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