WASHINGTON-- Our Revolution on Friday endorsed youth counselor and Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles for California’s 15th Assembly District. Our Revolution local group, Progressive Richmond Alliance, recommended Beckles for endorsement.
“Our Revolution is proud to endorse Jovanka for the California State Assembly,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “Now more than ever, we need leaders like her to make sure all Californians get access to quality affordable health care through a Medicare for All system. As a long time leader and city council member in the Richmond community, we look forward to Jovanka continuing the fight for affordable housing, health care, and the rights of marginalized communities in the statehouse.”
Jovanka Beckles’ story is the same as many Californians. After immigrating to the United States in her youth, she earned a scholarship to Florida A&M. As a longtime resident of Richmond she helped create a local grassroots movement to address crime, neglect and pollution. One of the first accomplishments was to create a merchant’s association on San Pablo Avenue and a community response to crime and violence. Since her election to city council she’s built on these successes by standing up to big real estate interests and helping Richmond became the first new rent control city California in over 30 years.
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