Richmond Bids Farewell to “the Bernie Sanders of the East Bay”

Richmond Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin will step down from the dais next month, but you can bet you’ll be seeing her around. McLaughlin says she’s leaving City Hall to focus on a run for Lieutenant Governor. Her resignation will take effect after the council meeting on July 18.

McLaughlin is known for her fierce progressivism, with her campaign dubbing her “the Bernie Sanders of the East Bay.” That was on clear display during her announcement Tuesday, in which she railed against President Trump, corporate greed, environmental degradation, racism and the militarization of police forces, among other things.

“Our nation is in a catastrophic free-fall, and the Trump administration is dragging the world down with it,” McLaughlin said. “With the help of corporate-funded policy-makers, corporations are boldly grabbing all the resources they can, dismantling every small protection gained by the people of our nation over the years.”

Richmond has 60 days to appoint a replacement.


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