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

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Rich Kinney

Councilmember/Teacher
3,353 votes (29.21%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continued Leadership Improving my City, San Pablo, and the region.
  • Increase Economic Capacity and Emergency Medical Services
  • Improve Transportation and Housing

Experience

Experience

Profession:Mayor/Educator
Mayor and City Council, City of San Pablo (2012–current)
Teacher, West Contra Costa Unified School District (2011–current)
City Council, City of San Pablo — Elected position (2012–current)
Commission Member, Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Mayor, San Pablo City Council — Elected position (2015–current)
Member, Association of Bay Area Governments — Appointed position (2012–current)
Senior Pastor, Revival Generation Ministries (1999–2014)
Manager, Various Bay Area Auto Body Shops (1987–1998)
Owner, Collision Center Autobody (1990–1994)

Education

Cal Berkeley Extension Teaching Credential, Arts and Entertainment (2012)
Urban Bible Training Center Ministerial License, Pastoral Ministry (1997)
CSUEB Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Pedagogy (1983)
Monterey Peninsula College Associate of Arts, Singing (1978)

Community Activities

Assistant Boys and Girls Basketball Coach, Richmond High School (2005–2012)
Community Organizer, West County Ministers Association, Totally Led Ministries (1999–2010)
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Contra Costa Comets (2003–2004)
Police Chaplain, San Pablo PD, Richmond PD, Contra Costa Sheriff (1999–2004)

Biography

On February 8, 1956 I was born into a military family at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California and grew up in California, Missouri, West Virginia and briefly in Frankfurt, Germany. I enjoyed a great childhood of adventure and opportunity. Even though my family was poor we were always hopeful of success and moving forward into the middle class. I was the first to attend and graduate from college in my family, receiving an Associate of Arts Degree from Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Bachelor Degree from Cal State East Bay, Vocational Teacher Credential from Cal Berkeley Extension, and a Ministerial License. 

 

After College I worked for an Insurance company, managed several businesses in the Bay Area and have owned my own business. I also served as Chaplain for the San Pablo and Richmond Police Departments and the Contra Costa County Sheriff. I’ve been an employee of the West Contra Costa Unified School District since 2004 teaching, Coaching, full time substitute teacher, and currently teaching Physical Education at a new Continuation High School. I’ve also been an Instructor for the Contra Costa Economic Partnership High School Student Summer Camp for ten years; and pastored a San Pablo inner-city Church from 1999 to 2013 where I’m presently Pastor Emeritus.

 

I have served on City Council since 2012, and was selected to serve as Mayor on December 7, 2015. Additionally I’ve served as an At Large Executive Committee Member of the League of California Cities’  East Bay Division, and am seeking a 3rd year to the League’s Cities/Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee. I’m a member of the San Pablo Chamber of Commerce, San Pablo CERT Area 3, and founder of a San Pablo Neighborhood WATCH.  I also lead an annual National Night Out Team in my neighborhood. 

 

In 2014 I ran for the State Assembly. In a field of eight candidates I took 4th place. I learned much in one of the most liberal districts in the world. And my efforts resulted in getting appointed as Delegate to the California Republican Party and served on the Platform and Drafting Committees.   I attend the Contra Costa and Alameda County Central Committees. I’m currently running for the District 9 State Senate Seat that Democrat Lonnie Hancock is terming out of. I am currently one of four candidates in this field.

 

I’ve been married to Jasmine Loh since June 1983, and we have three adult children, two son-in-laws, and two beautiful grandchildren. I’m seeking higher office to gain greater influence to ensure my grandchildren will enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. That’s what I’m called to give myself to do for the next ten years of my life. 

Rich Kinney

Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (2)

  • Jose Irizarry, Vice Principal, Fairfield High School
  • Principal Vince Rhea, Sylvestor Greenwood Academy

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe every American shares responsibilty in the well-being of our Nation, and it begins with participation in our neighborhoods where we live. Each one can make a difference and influence for the good of us all. Therefore, as an elected official I am committed to making sure our taxes are spent fairly and on the things that matter the most for all of us. 

I believe in representing every individual, every ethnic group, regardless of economic, educational, religious or sexual status. I refuse to show favortism to, or neglect, any group. We are all in it together and we must all have a seat at the table so we can face problems and solve issues together.

I believe in a Republic form of Government, where we are ruled by law. This is the government given to us by the framers of the Constitution. When Benjamin Franklin emerged from that first Constitutional Congress a woman asked him, "Sir, what have you given us?", to which he replied, "You have a Republic, Ma'am, if you can keep it." We are entrusted with the duty of seeing that our Republic stays strong and never fades into any other form of government. 

I am a Christian and a Constitutional Moderate; these are the convictions with which I serve my community and my City. 

 

Position Papers

My Focus in Public Service

Summary

This is a brief description of what I believe and the convictions that are the foundation of my rationale and my decision making policies. 

I believe every American shares responsibilty in the well-being of our Nation, and it begins with participation in our neighborhoods where we live. Each one can make a difference and influence for the good of us all. Therefore, as an elected official I am committed to making sure our taxes are spent fairly and on the things that matter the most for all of us. 

I believe in representing every individual, every ethnic group, regardless of economic, educational, religious or sexual status. I refuse to show favortism to, or neglect, any group. We are all in it together and we must all have a seat at the table so we can face problems and solve issues together.

I believe in a Republic form of Government, where we are ruled by law. This is the government given to us by the framers of the Constitution. When Benjamin Franklin emerged from that first Constitutional Congress a woman asked him, "Sir, what have you given us?", to which he replied, "You have a Republic, Ma'am, if you can keep it." We are entrusted with the duty of seeing that our Republic stays strong and never fades into any other form of government. 

I am a Christian and a Constitutional Moderate; these are the convictions with which I serve my community and my City. 

 

 

Videos (5)

— October 30, 2016 Lana Husser

I began serving on the City Council in 2012. I rotated to Vice Mayor in 2015, and to Mayor in 2016. I am up for re-election.

In 2014 I ran unsuccessfully for State Assembly, and in 2016 I ran unsuccessfully for State Senate. 

There are many things I can continue working on as a City Council Member to improve our City.

— October 30, 2016 Lana Husser

Introduction of Rich Kinney for State Senate when he ran in the June 2016 Primary Election.

— October 30, 2016 Lana Husser

In this video I share several issues I am passionate about working on for my district.

— October 30, 2016 Shoreline Festival Photographer
— October 30, 2016 Alameda County Sheriff Deputy

Charles Johnson and Rich Kinney sing the National Anthem duet for the Chief Special Agents Association's 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon. October 27, 2016

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