Dec 8, 2015
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Rich Kinney was sworn-in as San Pablo’s mayor during a ceremony at Monday’s council meeting.

Each year, elected members on San Pablo’s council vote to appoint one of their own as mayor for a one-year term. Kinney, formerly vice mayor, assumes a term that ends in November 2016. He succeeds Councilmember Kathy Chao-Rothberg, who endorsed him for the mayoral role. Fellow Councilmember Cecilia Valdez has been appointed as San Pablo’s vice mayor through November of next year.

The video below, captured by a resident who attended the council meeting, shows local pastors praying with Kinney during the ceremony. The city’s website has already been updated to identify Kinney as mayor.

In a Facebook post last month, Kinney said he was grateful to be endorsed by Chao-Rothberg to assume the role of mayor.

Kinney, who was elected to the four-year term on council in 2012, is meanwhile running for State Senate (District 9) in the 2016 election. Below is a recent video introducing his candidacy. Last year, he lost a bid to become the State Assemblymember in the 15th District to Tony Thurmond. To learn more about Kinney, visit his resume on the city’s website here. It identifies Kinney as a veteran community leader, local teacher, basketball coach and a pastor.


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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.