EVERYBODY GETS A MEDAL
Regardless of the outcome of the 2014 Richmond elections, two faces will remain sitting on the council: Tom Butt and Nat Bates.
The two are in the middle of a four-year term as councilmembers and Richmond doesn’t require a council seat to be forfeited if a member decides to run for mayor.
Just like in the self-esteem movement where everyone gets a medal for participating, even if Butt and Bates lose the mayoral race they still keep their council seat.
*FUN FACT: Kids who entered their freshman year of college this fall and who can vote for the first time this election weren’t even born when Butt and Bates started on the council together in 1995.
WAIT, THERE ARE THREE CANDIDATES?!
If you rely solely on the media for your information, chances are you don’t know that there are actually three candidates running for Richmond mayor in 2014.
The third being Uche Justin Uwahemu.
The press only seems to mention Uche Uwahemu out of obligation because they would be derelict in “objectively” covering the Richmond mayoral race if they left out the third candidate. There has been no effort to offer in-depth coverage of him.
Chip Johnson wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Uche Uwahemu , a local business owner, is also running for the seat.”
Very thorough, Chip. Thanks for the insight.