The East Bay Times agrees!
“It's the fundamental difference in District 1 between Parks and Recreation Commissioner Eleanor Thompson, who opposes the measure and fears the jobs that would be lost, and incumbent Councilman Melvin Willis, who backs it and dismisses any notion that small businesses might be hurt. ... It’s up to voters to stand up and say no to Measure U. No to perpetuating years of fiscal mismanagement. And yes to electing leaders who will bring change — Eleanor Thompson.” – East Bay Times
Who Is Eleanor?
Eleanor Thompson is a mother, grandmother, community leader, and business owner. She moved to Richmond over 50 years ago. She has lived in the Iron Triangle for more than 30 years.
Eleanor earned her B.A. degree in Social Science from Chapman University and A.A. degree and certificate in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Contra Costa College.
In 1993, Eleanor started Social Progress, Inc. (SPI), a dynamic non-profit organization serving Richmond youth with tutoring, mentoring, life skills, and job development. SPI is still going strong 27 years later.
In 1999, Eleanor became president of the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. As a result of her leadership, Nevin Park was renovated. Eleanor also served on the City of Richmond Police Commission and Anti-Drug Task Force, as well as the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee.
Currently, Eleanor serves on the City of Richmond Recreation and Parks Commission, where she fights for parks and programs for our children and families. She is an active member of Ephesians Church of God In Christ in Richmond.
Richmond is a great city. However, we have some real challenges. Those challenges must be met head on. That means setting priorities that work for the entire community. Eleanor's top priorities are:
* Safety for all
* Economic development
* Youth programs
* Housing for the homeless
Eleanor knows we can rebuild Richmond together. The politics of division have gotten us nowhere as a city. It is time for the residents of Richmond to come together. That is the only way forward.
Remi Payne, City of Richmond Parks & Recreation Commissioner
I endorse Eleanor Thompson for Richmond City Council, because I trust her to work in the best interest of the residents of Richmond. I ask you to vote for Eleanor Thompson on November 3, 2020. She is passionate about building a stronger community here in Richmond.
Allison Blakeley, City of Richmond Parks & Recreation Commissioner
I endorse Eleanor Thompson without reservation. Her intelligence, sincerity, perseverance, and diligence, as well as her commitment, dedication, and familiarity with the community, make her uniquely qualified to serve the City of Richmond.
Pastor Louis Spicer
Eleanor Thompson labored throughout the City of Richmond as a political activist speaking to our youth and fighting against gang warfare, guns in our streets, and crime. I duly endorse Mrs. Thompson, because I am sure that she is the right person to represent Richmond City Council, District 1.
Vice Mayor Nat Bates
Without reservations, as your Vice Mayor, I enthusiastically encourage voters in District 1 to seriously consider Ms. Thompson's candidacy and vote for her on November 3, 2020. I promise in doing so, you will not regret it.