Richmond Mayor Tom Butt enlightened the readers of his e-forum newsletter Friday morning by listing the eight candidates who have taken out filing papers to run for Richmond City Council.
They are, alphabetically, Nat Bates, Corky Booze, Ben Choi, Jael Myrick, Vinay Pimplé, Uche J. Uwamehu, Melvin Willis and Cesar Zepeda.
Three council seats are up for election in November. The filing deadline is Aug. 12.
As the mayor notes, only Bates has completed the filing process thus far. Three candidates, Bates, Myrick and Pimplé, are incumbents. Choi and Willis are Richmond Progressive Alliance representatives. Booze is a former city council member, Uwamehu ran for mayor in 2014, and Zepeda is president of the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association.