BWOPA Sisters Group, from left to right: Kathleen Sullivan, Barbara Bechnel, Lesa Macintosh, Lori Reese-Brown, Naomi Williams, and Joey Smith. Photo by Ellen Gailing Photography.
The Richmond/Contra Costa County Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) has issued its list of endorsements for the November election.
At the national level, BWOPA is backing the reelection of President Barack Obama (D), U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein (D) and Congressional Representative George Miller (D).
In state races, BWOPA supports Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D).
For regional boards, BWOPA is backing East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board Member Lesa McIntosh, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board Member Lynette Sweet, AC Transit Representative Joe Wallace and AC Transit Representative At-large Dollene Jones.
BWOPA’s support in Richmond elections goes to City Councilman Nat Bates (D) and San Pablo City Councilman (D) Leonard McNeil.
BWOPA is also backing the election of Jael Myrick (D) and Bea Roberson (D) to the Richmond City Council and Robert Studdiford to the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Board.
On ballot measures, BWOPA opposed Measure N, also known as the “Soda Tax” and CA Proposition 32— the “Paycheck Protection Initiative.”
BWOPA is supporting Measure E, a proposition that will authorize the WCCUSD to borrow $360 million on a 10-year repayment plan; Measure G, which will sustain the school district’s existing parcel tax; Prop. 30, a sales and income tax increase initiative;
Prop. 34, an initiative to end the death penalty; Prop. 36, which will modify the “Three-Strikes” Law approved in 1994; Prop. 39, an income tax increase for Multistate Businesses Initiative, which will add an estimated $1 billion dollars to the state’s revenue and create approximately 40,000 construction and clean energy jobs.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.