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Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:02 AM

Community Letter

Dear Community,

I am a fourth-generation resident of Richmond, California. My great grandparents moved here from Arkansas to work in the shipyards. My granny still lives on South 27th and Maine. My mother and father were peace officers here. Now, I am a husband, father, business owner, lawyer, and school board member here.

I love Richmond and its people. We are beautiful. I am continuously amazed by the acts of love, kindness, and compassion that I witness from Richmond residents of all races, colors, and creeds. When we pull together, we can do anything. I had all of this in mind when I filed my Candidate Intention Statement, announced, and pulled nomination papers for the office of mayor of Richmond.

Nevertheless, I must be honest with myself and my supporters. This election looks particularly divisive. Lines have been drawn. The Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is on one side; the business community is on the other; and both will run well-funded slates that will benefit from hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. I simply do not have the funding to compete successfully for this office at this time.

Therefore, I have decided not to file my nomination papers for mayor. I do not wish to contribute to the divisiveness in our city. This election is bigger than me.

I would like to thank my family, Angela, Merist, Mister II, Sterling, and Amanzi, for their constant love and support. I would also like to thank my campaign team, donors, and volunteers for believing in me and for believing that Richmond and its residents can have more.

Finally, I would like to thank the people of Richmond. In the last 45 days, we have visited about seven thousand homes. The overwhelming response has been positive. Most people are tired of false choices. We can have social justice and a fully functional police department. We can have quality parks and housing for all. We can protect the environment and foster industry. We can have genuine community.

I hope that Vice Mayor Eduardo Martinez and Councilman Nat Bates take this to heart as they head into November, because one of them will be our next mayor. Richmond needs and deserves a Democratic mayor with actual experience as an elected official.

As for me, this is not the end of my public service. For now, I will return to the school board with renewed vigor. However, I have learned that there are some problems that the school district cannot solve alone.

Longstanding social problems in the City of Richmond like poverty, trauma, crime, weapons, and drugs have seeped into Richmond schools for decades. They have negatively impacted teaching and learning and must be addressed by the City of Richmond.

I sincerely hope that the next mayor and city council agree with me and take more responsibility for the health of Richmond schools and their surrounding communities. For schools are only a reflection of the communities in which they serve. It is all connected. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Mister Phillips - Still Working For Us


Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:56 AM

Traffic Safety

By Mister Phillips

The city council’s discussion about traffic safety last night was interesting. While I agree with traffic engineering (e.g., traffic lights) in general. I also agree with traffic enforcement (e.g., tickets). People run red lights all of the time. That is dangerous. There should be consequences.

As for sideshows, I really think the answer is to cite, arrest, and/or tow. The idea that we have become so tolerant that we allow people from out of town to endanger our health and safety, disturb our peace, and destroy our streets is beyond me. If they enjoy reckless driving that much, they should do it in their own cities and towns.


Thursday, June 30, 2022 1:08 AM

Measure U

By Mister Phillips

As a school board member, I understand the importance of taxes and fees. However, taxes and fees must be fair. The City of Richmond’s new business license fee is unfair. “Starting July 1, according to CBS, Hilltop Ford will see its business license fee increase by a whopping 7,000 percent — from $3,000 last year to $210,000 per year. Meanwhile, the business license fee for Hilltop Toyota will skyrocket by 12,000 percent, the report states.” That is not good policy. The city council should reduce the fee, so it is comparable to other cities.


Friday, June 24, 2022 1:21 AM

Abortion Decision

By Mister Phillips

As an attorney, Democrat, and elected official, I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and will continue to advocate for reproductive rights. Abortions should be legal, safe, and accessible!


Thursday, May 19, 2022 9:00 PM

Point Molate

By Mister Phillips

Multiple people have asked me my position on Point Molate. If I were on the Richmond City Council, I would have voted yes on the project. First, Richmond cannot afford to renege on its agreement with SunCal. Second, Richmond will never have economic development as long as the business community cannot trust the city council to honor its agreements. The anti-business attitude of some city leaders must stop. It is harming Richmond.


Tuesday, May 3, 2022 10:00 AM

Draft Abortion Decision

By Mister Phillips

This draft decision is a grave mistake. It will not stop abortions. It will only place low-income women in danger by forcing them to undergo abortions by unregulated providers.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 9:53 AM

Mayoral Announcement

By Mister Phillips

Today, I filed my candidate intention statement for the office of mayor of Richmond, CA. I look forward to speaking with the community about how to move Richmond forward, without leaving current residents behind. It will not be easy, but I believe Richmond has limitless potential.


Paid for by Mister Phillips for Mayor 2022, ID # 1447643.
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