Richmond councilmember Jael Myrick, a rising star in local politics, has been named vice mayor of the city for 2015.
At Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilmember Nat Bates nominated Myrick to assume the yearlong post and Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin seconded. No council members objected to the appointment.
Myrick first joined the council in early 2013, filling the seat left vacant after the sudden passing of Gary Bell. At the time, Myrick was a field representative for Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
Since then, Myrick has won hearts and minds both on the council and among citizens. He handily won the two-year council seat in last year’s November election.
Among his accomplishments, Myrick secured tens of millions of dollars for the Richmond Promise program, which promises full tuition for every Richmond high school graduate for as long as funding is available. Myrick secured the money following negotiations with Chevron Richmond, which pledged to provide the funding as part of a $90 million community benefits package tied to the Richmond Refinery Modernization Project.