From Ross Levin at Independent Political Report:
Richmond, California is the largest city in the United States with a Green mayor, with a population of over 100,000. That mayor is Gayle McLaughlin, and she’s running for reelection. Here’s her first campaign update sent to supporters:
This is the 1st campaign update of my re-election campaign, and I am pleased to announce that we are off to a wonderful start!
Our April 17th Kick-off event was an enormous success. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend this standing-room-only event. It was an honor to have Van Jones (former green jobs advisor to President Obama) and Nativo Lopez (president of MAPA, Mexican American Political Association) speak in support of my re-election and our progressive movement in Richmond. Please take a moment to read an article about the event http://www.mayorgayle.net/media/10Apr19RC.htm and check out some pictures from the event: http://mayorgayle.net/photoskickoff.htm .
We made an incredible kick-off splash and now your help is greatly needed going forward. Please save Saturday, June 12th, for our first precinct walk of this election year. Remember, our campaign efforts are funded with no corporate money, which means we win by ordinary people walking precincts, knocking on doors, and talking with neighbors about the important work we have been doing. The precinct walking will be for my re-election campaign and also for the election of Jovanka Beckles, an extraordinary and deeply committed progressive candidate for Richmond City Council!
Jovanka and I will be there on June 12th to welcome you all to the start of Progressive Precinct Walking 2010. Please join us on June 12th at:
Richmond Progressive Alliance office
317 11th St. (off Nevin) — see map below for directions
Coffee and breakfast treats will be available
Wear your walking shoes!
It is my privilege and honor to be running for re-election to represent the people of Richmond for another 4 years. If you haven’t added your name to my endorser list yet, please send endorsement here: EndorseGayle@MayorGayle.net . If you haven’t made a donation to my campaign yet, you can donate from my website www.MayorGayle.net or send your check to:
Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor 2010
PO Box 5284
Richmond, CA 94805
As I said in my kick-off speech: As a community, we have unified to take bold and courageous steps. Future progress will require even greater unity. There is no greater joy than to continue down this road. Our journey together is extraordinary and poignant. Thank you for being a part of this journey.
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
Candidate for Re-election for Mayor of Richmond