Nov 5, 2014

The Richmond Progressive Alliance had much to cheer about Tuesday night after its members and supporters captured both Richmond City Council and the mayoral seat.

Councilmember Tom Butt, who is not an RPA member but formed an alliance with the progressive group, defeated Nat Bates for mayor. (unofficial final results below)

RPA members Eduardo Martinez, current Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (termed out as mayor) won all three available four-year council seats.

Councilmember Jael Myrick, who like Butt is not an RPA member but received support from the group, defeated fellow Councilmember Corky Booze to win the two-year seat.

Because the progressives dominate City Hall seats, they’ll have the power to choose who will fill Butt’s council seat, meaning the RPA could potentially have four members filling six council seats.

Mayoral election results


Four-year council seat results


Two-year council seat results



  1. Happy, we got rid of Bates and crowd maybe Richmond will get some work for Local 324 from Chevron

    Herman Hudson | Nov 6th, 2014
  2. CONGRATS to Team Richmond and all involved in getting the word out about Chevron trying to buy the mayoral and city council seats.

    POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Now we have a louder voice in regards to Chevron and its bullying tactics.

    Well done!

    Violet | Nov 10th, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.