Thurmond Hosts Town Hall and Voter Registration Rally

Tony Thurmond speaks at a house party. Photo by Ken Epstein

Tony Thurmond speaks at a house party. Photo by Ken Epstein

Tony Thurmond is kicking off the week leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a Town Hall and Voter Registration Rally in Richmond.

The Town Hall/Rally will take place on Thursday, July 31, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Bermuda Room, 403 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond.

“The best way to celebrate the Voting Rights Act is to help our friends and neighbors register to vote,” said Thurmond.

“President Johnson considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement.” Thurmond said, “And yet the fight for justice rages on, particularly in the year since the Supreme Court severely weakened that landmark law.

Thurmond says neighbors can sign up at the event to help register voters in Richmond and can learn more about his campaign for Assembly in a Town Hall format.

According to a recent poll, Thurmond is the leading candidate in a tight race for the Assembly seat that represents District 15, which covers parts of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Albany, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole and San Pablo.

Because of changes to the district after the 2010 elections, African American voters make up a larger share of the vote than in previous elections and could be determinative in this race. Thurmond is the only African American candidate for the seat.

Thurmond, a non-profit leader, former school board member and city councilmember, has focused much of his career on education, youth, mental illness and crime prevention.

“It’s important to send leaders to Sacramento who will make kids, families and seniors a priority,” said Thurmond. “As our economy grows and state revenues increase, the competition for funding will be even fiercer. Registering our communities to vote and turning them out on Election Day is the key to having leaders who are fighting to make sure that our families are not left behind.”

At present, there is not a single district in the Assembly north of Los Angeles represented by an African American. Thurmond has built a coalition of leaders, organizations and individuals who want to correct that imbalance – including Congressman George Miller, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, unions representing California teachers, nurses and firefighters and African American organizations like Black Women Organized for Political Action and Black American Political Action Committee of Contra Costa County.

Registering to vote is simple. An online application is available at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov. The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 20.

More information on the Richmond Town Hall and Voter Registration Rally is available at www.TonyThurmond.com/richmond_town_hall.

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