name = Gayle McLaughlin
order = Mayor of Richmond
January 9, 2007
Irma A. Anderson
successor = Incumbent
party = Green Party
Postal clerk, elderly caregiver, teacher, LD- tutor/ clinitian, activist
Gayle McLaughlin (English IPA2|gɘʏol mʊglɑfɨn) (b. 1952,
Chicago, Illinois) is the Green Party mayor of the city of Richmond, Californiaand a member of Richmond's City Council. McLaughlin was elected on November 7, 2006by a 279-vote [ [http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=5717823&nav=9qrx KESQ.com Palm Springs, Coachella Valley - Weather, News, Sports: Our Apologies ] ] margin over incumbent mayor Irma Anderson. [ [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/09/GREENMAYOR.TMP Green Party likely to win in Richmond mayor's race ] ] With Gayle at its head, Richmond is currently the largest city in the country with a Green Party mayor. [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/11/22/BAGM1MI0TF1.DTL&hw=richmond+mayor&sn=001&sc=1000 RICHMOND / Mayor concedes race - city largest in nation with Green leadership ] ]
McLaughlin is a social
activistwho has participated in the peace, social justice, civil rights, and environmental movements. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, with graduate study in psychology and education.
McLaughlin is currently an elected member of the
Richmond GreensSteering Committee and has served on the Green Party County Council of Contra Costa County. Her term as council member expired on November 21, 2006. [ [http://ca-richmond.civicplus.com/index.asp?NID=149 Richmond, CA - Official Website - Biographies and Terms ] ] She was elected to the City Council in 2004, winning one of five open seats, with 11,191 votes or 10% in 2004. [ [http://www.richmondprogressivealliance.net/news_elect_results.html Election Results ] ] She has lived in Richmond since 2001. [ [http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/index.asp?NID=399 City of Richmond website] , Gayle McLaughlin profile, retrieved May 27, 2006]
She wants to introduce
instant run-off voting, term limits, and district council members. [ [http://www.richmondprogressivealliance.net/news_Cty_Council.html "Asleep at the Wheel in Richmond" ] ]
Background and experience
McLaughlin was born into a
working classunion family. She is the middle child of five daughters. Her father was a unionized carpenter and her mother was a housewife.
During the 1980s, McLaughlin was an activist with the
Central Americansolidarity movement and a steering committee member of CISPES(Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). She also played an active role in the North Star Network, a national networking effort to unite progressives, and in coalition-building efforts with People United to Save Humanity(PUSH) and the Rainbow Coalition.
summa cum laudefrom Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts. She continued her education with two years of graduate study in psychology at Rhode Island College, with additional graduate study in education at UC Berkeley Extension.
Throughout her life, McLaughlin has funded her political work through a number of professions, working as a postal clerk, a teacher, a caregiver for the elderly, and as a tutor/clinician for children with
learning disabilities. She has also worked in the capacity of support staff for various not-for-profithealth and educational organizations.
McLaughlin has an affinity for the arts and has been trained in dance. She has also been an
advocatefor the arts and for artists’ coalitions and unions.
Richmond Progressive Alliance
November 2 2004, McLaughlin was elected to the city council of Richmond, California, on the Green Party ticket. She has been involved with the Richmond Progressive Alliance(RPA), a non-partisan liberal group in western Contra Costa County, comprised mostly of Green Party members, as well as left-leaning and progressive independents and Democrats.
In Richmond, as a Richmond Green, McLaughlin's lifelong
activismhas found her in many local struggles. She has opposed the Patriot Act, the criminalization of the homeless, and the toxic impact of ChevronTexacoon the environment.
She has also been involved in an ongoing effort to stop development on the
North Richmondshoreline, and is supporting the current battle against cutbacks, being waged by the Service Employees International Union.
In 2003, McLaughlin was the first Green ever to win a seat on the Richmond city council. In 2006, she decided to challenge incumbent mayor Irma Anderson.
At the Richmond Violence Prevention Department, she has begun work to curb the root causes of violence and to hire peacemakers. The agency will attempt to calm angry gang members and other people down before matters escalate to murder or high degree assault. The plan is multifaceted and based on three main strategies, anti-violence, revitalization, and smart policing. McLaughlin has stated that her approach is necessary after years of the largely fruitless hire-more-cops approach. [ [http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_5826539 From Richmond City Hall Focus on real solutions to violence] , "
Contra Costa Times", by Gayle McLaughlin, May 5, 2007, retrieved May 25, 2007] [http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_5582351 Mayor wants new program fast-tracked By John Geluardi, "Contra Costa Times" 4/03/2007 retrieved May 25, 2007]
In November 2007, CQ Press (formerly Morgan Quitno Press) released their annual report listing America's "Most Dangerous Cities". Richmond is ranked as the 9th most-dangerous of all U.S. cities with populations over 75,000.
Gayle McLaughlin is a member of the
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, [cite web| url=http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/about/members.shtml| title=Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members] an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York Citymayor Michael Bloombergand Bostonmayor Thomas Menino.
2006 Richmond, California city election
* [http://www.richmondprogressivealliance.net/news_Cty_Council.html RichmondProgressiveAlliance.net] - 'Asleep at the Wheel in Richmond', Chip Johnson, "
San Francisco Chronicle" ( July 12, 2004)
* [http://www.gaylemclaughlin.net/index.html GayleMcLaughlin.net] - Official website
* [http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/15862296.htm ContraCostaTimes.com] - 'Council Pool Not Deep' (editorial), "
Contra Costa Times( October 27, 2006)
* [http://www.richmondgreens.net/ RichmondGreens.net] - 'Many Neighborhoods - One Richmond',
* [http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_5826539 Editorial by McLaughlin on Curbing violence]
* [http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org Mayors Against Illegal Guns homepage]
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