Ada Recinos, 26, was appointed on Tuesday to fill the Richmond City Council seat that was recently vacated by Gayle McLaughlin, who resigned July 18 to pursue a campaign for California lieutenant governor.
Recinos was selected by a Richmond council vote that considered about a dozen candidates. A 2014 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Recinos is currently employed as an Advancement Manager for Prospero, an Oakland nonprofit that launches collectively-owned local businesses in partnership with low-income Latina immigrants.
She is the Los Angeles-born daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, serves as vice chair on the Richmond Human Rights and Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA).
Her selection sustains a dominant voice on the seven-member Richmond council for the RPA, an activist group that votes as a bloc on a majority of issues. Along with current Councilmembers Jovanka Beckles, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, Recinos is a member of the RPA steering committee, which sets forth the group policy directives.
In her candidate statement for City Council (posted below this story), she stated she has been an activist and advocate for immigrant and human rights since she was 15 years old.
When addressing council prior to Tuesday’s vote, the bilingual Recinos says she can “offer an open door to the Spanish speaking community.” She promoted issues around immigrants, climate change and supporting low-income entrepreneurs and the revitalization of 23rd Street.
“In this trying time with ’45 [President Trump], with all the aggressive attacks on the Latino and immigrant communities, and people telling me black lives don’t matter when we know that they do, I am asking you to choose different,” Recinos said. “Because a large portion of Richmond needs to be heard right now in a language that is most comfortable to them and with the people who know what they need.”