Former Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett coming to Richmond

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Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor at the White House during the Obama administration, is coming to Richmond on Wednesday for a public event and conversation with Buffy Wicks, a candidate for Assembly for District 15 in the East Bay.

Both women, said to have been instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act, will engage in discussion from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th St. in Richmond.

Jarrett is known as one of the nation’s most powerful black women, having served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama during his two presidential terms, and also as the assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

Wick also served in crucial roles for the Obama administration, having been credited along with Marshall Ganz and Jeremy Bird as an architect of Obama’s grassroots organizing model. She served on Obama’s senior staff during his successful presidential campaigns and as Deputy Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Wick is now running for local office — Assembly for District 15 — a pursuit that has attracted endorsements from the East Bay Express, East Bay Times, The Mercury News, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt and more.

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