Nine candidates vying for three Richmond council seats

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Nine candidates are vying for three Richmond City Council seats that are up for election on Nov. 8.

The filing deadline for candidates was Aug. 12.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are Nat Bates, Courtland “Corky” Boozé, Ben Choi, Jael Myrick, Vinay Pimplé, Jim Rogers, Uche Uwahemu, Melvin Willis and Cesar Zepeda.

By clicking here, voters can read each candidates’ statement to learn more about their background and about why they want to be a councilmember.

Bates, Myrick and Pimplé are incumbents and Boozé and Rogers are former council members. Zepeda is president of the merchants and neighborhood councils for the Hilltop area. Uwahemu gained notoriety during an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2014.

Choi is a Richmond planning commissioner who, along with community activist Willis, are supported by the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), which hopes to take majority control of council in November.

By getting either Willis or Choi elected, the RPA, which already controls three seats on the seven-member council, would hold four of the seven votes and could thus more easily push forward the organization’s policies.


  1. I really hope that Myrick, Choi, and Willis are not elected to our city council. They are all RPA surrogates. The current RPA majority counilmembers (Myrick included) have been disastrous for Richmond, financially and professionally. Their extreme ideology, disruptive, disrespectful, and unprofessional behavior over the past years has hurt this city. The RPA is not progressive and not good for Richmond.