This story is part of a weekly series of profiles of candidates running for the 15th Assembly District. You can see all the profiles and news about this race here.
Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles was part of the shift in Richmond’s political power over the last decade, when progressive candidates, under the banner of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, unseated council members supported by the local Chevron corporation.
“We changed this company town, and we put it back into the hands of the people by electing corporate money free candidates,” said Beckles.
Now, she’s hoping to carry that message to the state legislature.
“When we start electing corporate-free candidates, we can then have the kind of government that will be beholden only to the people and not corporations,” Beckles added.