Jovanka Beckles

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Template:Infobox politician Jovanka Beckles (born 1963) is a member of the city council in Richmond, California and a candidate for the California State Assembly in 2018.[1]

Beckles was born in Panama City, Panama and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1972. She attended Florida A&M University on a full basketball scholarship, and graduated cum laude in 1988 with a BA degree in Psychology.[2] She moved to the Bay Area in 1989 and worked as a counselor, youth educator, housing case manager for the homeless, and mental health specialist.

Richmond City Council

In 2008 she first ran for the Richmond City Council as part of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and lost. She ran again in 2010 and won, and in 2014 she was reelected despite Chevron spending $3 million to on opposing candidates[3], and became vice mayor. She is Richmond's first openly lesbian councilwoman.[4] During her time on City Council, Beckles worked on implementing rent control in Richmond.[5]

Campaign for California State Assembly

In 2018, she is running for the California State Assembly in District 15 to replace Tony Thurmond, who is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.[6] She has been endorsed by fellow Richmond City Councilmember (and former mayor) Gayle McLaughlin, former Black Panther Ericka Huggins, the Sierra Club,[7] SEIU 1021,[8] Our Revolution,[9] and the Democratic Socialists of America, of which she is a member.[10] She took second place in the June 12 primary, advancing to the general election alongside Buffy Wicks.[10]


  1. California State Assembly campaign website
  2. Meet Jovanka Beckles on city council campaign site
  3. Jones, Carolyn (November 5, 2014). "Chevron’s $3 million backfires in Richmond election". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. Jones, Carolyn (August 6, 2014). "Richmond councilwoman perseveres through hate speech". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. Carson, Lynda (June 25, 2015). "Richmond City Council Supports Just Cause Eviction Protections and Rent Control". East Bay Express. 
  6. Edevane, Gillian (May 4, 2017). "Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles Announces Run for State Assembly". NBC Bay Area. 
  7. "2018 Endorsements". Sierra Club California. 2018. 
  8. "2018 Endorsements". SEIU 1021. 2018. 
  9. "Our Revolution - Jovanka Beckles". Our Revolution. 2018. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Jovanka Beckles Wins State Assembly Primary". East Bay Democratic Socialists of America. June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 

External links

Template:Richmond City Council (Richmond, California)