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Ben Choi

Running for City Council
Ben Choi, 43, is an account manager at MCE Clean Energy. Choi has served on the Richmond Planning Commission for five years. He pledges to lead Richmond beyond the “two dimensional thinking” of “either clean air or jobs” or “either civil liberties or public safety.” "I grew up in a working-class area of Los Angeles where I helped my immigrant parents run a corner store. We served all the people of our neighborhood -- rich and poor and in between. But as the sole Korean-American family in a predominantly Latino and Anglo neighborhood, there was no question of trying to blend in. Instead, I came to truly value diversity -- of race, of economics, and of voice, and I had a chance to hear about life from many different perspectives.