Smart Voter
Contra Costa County, CA November 2, 1999 Election
Council Member; City of Richmond

Candidates (Vote for 5)
Click on a candidate name for more information.

Mindell Penn 6,957 votes 12.6%

Thomas King "Tom" Butt 5,809 votes 10.5%
  • Occupation: Architect
  • Masters Degree UCLA Architecture/Urban Design
  • 26-year Richmond resident
  • Four-year City Council incumbent
  • Healthy and safe environment
  • Prosperous economy with participation by all
  • Efficient, responsive and open city government
Gary Bell 5,321 votes 9.6%
Nathaniel Bates 5,272 votes 9.5%
Alexander Peter Evans, Jr. 5,198 votes 9.4%
Steve Harvey 5,014 votes 9.1%
  • Occupation: electrical foreman, Richmond City Planning Commissioner.
  • I was born, raised,and educated in and around Richmond. I grew up in El Sobrante and have lived in Richmond since 1987.
  • My wife, Jill, and I have a 1-year old son, Steven.
  • I have served 9 years on the Richmond Planning Commission, where I have made many tough decisions.
  • When making decisions on the Planning Commission, I have always asked myself "what will help our community most, not just today, but for the future?"
  • Education: I graduated De Anza High School in 1981 and completed a Contra Costa County Electrical Apprenticeship in 1987.
  • I have been active in Boy Scouts, Habitats for Humanity, and the May Valley Neighborhood Council.
  • The first priority is securing good-paying jobs for Richmond. Richmond residents should be guaranteed good jobs when new industry locates here.
  • Second, we need safer streets and safer schools. There is no substitute for police on the streets, but we must prevent violence to make real progress.
  • Third, every neighborhood must receive quality City services. I will make sure tax dollars are spent wisely and each neighborhood is treated fairly.
Jim Rogers 4,977 votes 9.0%
Karen D. Ortega 4,711 votes 8.5%
  • Occupation: Self-employed, Fernando's Independent Volvo
  • Alumnae, Colorado Women's College
  • Previous employment: Community Coordinator, Headstart Program, CCC; Office staff for City of Richmond, Public Works, Personnel, Recreation & Parks
  • West Contra Costa U.S.D. Board of Education 1991 - 1995
  • Current Board member: BASRC/Hewlett, Annenberg Bay Area Challenge Grant
  • Implement a comprehensive long-range plan for development of Richmond involving Council, staff, & neighborhood councils to create economic solutions.
  • Review/establish policy addressing fiscal accountability, personnel scope of authority/responsibility, and delivery of service to our public
  • Colaborate with Police, other staff, Council and neighborhood groups to create safe ways to report crime & vandalism to aid R.P.D. in crime reduction
Ellie Strauss 3,905 votes 7.1%
Dale H. Paulson 3,493 votes 6.3%
  • Occupation: Pediatric Pharmacist. West Contra
  • Costa Healthcare District Trustee & Chairman of
  • Oversight Committee. Past President of Contra
  • Costa Pharmacists Ass'n., Past Chairman of
  • Calif. Pharmacists Ass'n. Professional Affairs
  • Committee.
  • Building moratorium for the El Sobrante Valley - Proponent
  • Implement oversight requirements on city spending, i.e. sewer district
  • Crime reduction/City image enhancement
Joe Brown 2,423 votes 4.4%
Courtland Corky Booze 2,230 votes 4.0%

Basic candidate data supplied by the County elections official. Any additional information supplied by the candidate. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.

Candidates Forum

  • Cable rebroadcast of live forum - Channel 26 (for Richmond,Berkeley/El Cerrito/West CCC System)
    9 p.m. Oct. 27
News and Analysis

Contra Costa County Times

San Francisco Chronicle Official Information

City of Richmond

Suggest a link related to this contest
Links to sources outside of Smart Voter are provided for information only and do not imply endorsement.

Home (Ballot Lookup) || About Smart Voter || Feedback

Created: November 18, 1999 14:46
Smart Voter '99 <http://www.smartvoter.org/>
Copyright © 1999 League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.
The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office or political parties.