Jan 21, 2015
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Richmond councilmember Jael Myrick, a rising star in local politics, has been named vice mayor of the city for 2015.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilmember Nat Bates nominated Myrick to assume the yearlong post and Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin seconded. No council members objected to the appointment.

Myrick first joined the council in early 2013, filling the seat left vacant after the sudden passing of Gary Bell. At the time, Myrick was a field representative for Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.

Since then, Myrick has won hearts and minds both on the council and among citizens. He handily won the two-year council seat in last year’s November election.

Among his accomplishments, Myrick secured tens of millions of dollars for the Richmond Promise program, which promises full tuition for every Richmond high school graduate for as long as funding is available. Myrick secured the money following negotiations with Chevron Richmond, which pledged to provide the funding as part of a $90 million community benefits package tied to the Richmond Refinery Modernization Project.


  1. One accomplishment Jael did was form a group to bid and try and win the covered California call center , which is run by contra costa county. Indeed these efforts provided the lowest qualified bid to the county , beating the competition by providing a superior product at more then $ 1 million cheaper , a win for the tax payers and Richmond . However the system was flawed , which allowed the board of Sups to throw out the bids , and award the contract no matter the price to the higher bidder , a politically connected landlord in Concord , Jael’s efforts were amazing , and would have brought hundreds of much needed jobs to Richmond. The key point here , is Jael brought groups together , true leadership . Although Richmond lost this bid , we did win since everyone eye’s were open to see a leader bring people together. This leadership is transforming Richmond , Congratulation Jael , and God’s speed .

    Richard Poe | Jan 21st, 2015

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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.