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City of Redwood CityCandidate for Council Member, Council District 7

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Chris Rasmussen

Community Police Officer
2,443 votes (37.57%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Sustainable Redwood City
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Climate Change



Profession:Redwood City Community Police Officer
Commissioner & Chair, San Mateo County Mental Health & Subtance Abuse Recovery Commission. Chair of the Children & Youth Committee — Appointed position (2019–current)
Community Police Officer, Redwood City Police Department (1998–2020)
Instructor/Coach Physical Education-Varsity/Jr Varsity Basketball Program, Sequoia Union High School District (2008–2012)
Instructor, Evergreen Community College District (2008–2009)
Police Officer, San Francisco Police Department (1993–1998)

Community Activities

Athletic Director, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School (2018–current)
Program Coordinator, Annual Redwood City Police/Fire Holiday Toy & Book Drive (1998–current)
Board Member, Redwood City Girls Softball League (2015–2017)
Board Member, Redwood City Police Activities League (1999–2004)


I recently retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement. I have spent the last 23 years serving the residents of Redwood City as our Community Police Officer. 


My wife Johanna and I began our life together in Redwood City over 25 years ago in the Friendly Acres Neighborhood. A few years later, we bought our first home in the Roosevelt Neighborhood. For the last 15 years, we have lived in the Farm Hill Neighborhood, where we are currently raising our two youngest children, Emma, a Sophmore & Evan, who is in the 3rd grade. 


It has been a privilege to live in the community I have served. I've worked diligently to keep our neighborhoods and families safe. I have attended hundreds of Neighborhood Association Meetings in all 17 of our Redwood City neighborhoods. I have taught safety and fraud prevention classes to our seniors and created after-school programs for our youth.


I served as the Executive Director of the Police Activities League from 2004-2007. During that time, we opened the PAL Facility located on Bay Road. 


I helped create the Department's Internationally Recognized Social Media Program. A program I managed for the last decade, which allowed me to engage with thousands of our vibrant community members.  


I also served as the Departments Homeless Outreach Coordinator. I worked to connect residents struggling with addiction, mental illness, and homelessness with the services needed to transform their lives. 


I am a Commissioner on the San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse & Recovery Commission, where I Chair of the Children & Youth Committee. I am currently working to implement youth crisis services throughout San Mateo County. 


I have coordinated the annual Police & Fire Holiday Toy & Book each Holiday Season for the past 22 years. These efforts have helped serve over 30K Redwood City & North Fair Oaks families. I also serve as the Athletic Director of Our Lady of Mt Carmel School.


I have a unique insight into our city's daily operations and how to make Redwood City a safer and healthier community for all. Now more than ever, we must address our social and economic inequities and provide a more environmentally sustainable Redwood City for our children and future generations.


It would be my privilege to represent you and your family on our City Council.




Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club

Organizations (6)

  • Service Employees International Union - Local 521
  • LiUNA Local 261
  • UA Local 467 Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • UA Local 38 Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Carpenters Local 217
  • Peninsula Dog PAC

Elected Officials (5)

  • Former Redwood City Mayor, Hon. Brent Britschgi
  • Sally Lieber Former CA State Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem
  • Nancy Reyering-President San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Mary Bier Pacifica Councilwoman
  • Hon. Chris Bohl Former President-Trustee RCSD

Individuals (129)

  • Josh Griffith-RCSD Principal, Retired.
  • Glenn Nielsen-Former Police Chief Atherton
  • Eric Barrett-Owner Barrett Insurance
  • Rian Carrol Owner Rhino's Hauling
  • Ralph Garcia Chair-Redwood City Port Commission
  • Jim Dudley-Former Redwood City Park & Recreation Commissioner
  • Christina Umhofer-Edgewood Park Neighborhood Chairwoman
  • Cathy Recht Former Commissioner Redwood City Housing & Human Concerns
  • Brian Moscini Owner Mountain Mike's Pizza-Jefferson Plaza
  • Barbara Britschgi-Redwood City Senior Affairs Commission
  • Stasha Powell-One Redwood City
  • Steve Giorgi Owner Giorgi Bros Furniture
  • Bonnie Miller-Former Redwood City Housing & Human Concerns Commissioner
  • Angela Piazza- San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities/Redwood City Housing & Human Concerns
  • Angela Martinucci Rogan Owner Stuff on the Square
  • Sammie Goodman-Grossman-Woodside Plaza Neighborhood Chairwoman
  • Kat Petrick-SAL Board Member
  • Rachelle Velasquez-Analla Owner Rouge The Salon On Main
  • Patty Tulloch Owner Double Shot Creative
  • Matty Shirer- Redwood City Downtown Streets Team
  • Matthew Greenberg-Commissioner Redwood City Parks & Recreation
  • Johanna Rasmussen-Farm Hill Neighborhood Chairwoman
  • Jim Dudley-Former Commissioner Redwood City Park & Recreation
  • Jeremy Sowers Owner Emergency BBQ
  • Jeanne Stalker-Canada College Program Supervisor/President Classified Senate-CSEA
  • Hal Draeger-Redwood City Senior Affairs Commissioner
  • Hafez Adle- Owner Redwood City Martial Arts
  • Pernille Gutschick-Director San Mateo County BHRS Crisis Intervention
  • William Alexander
  • Todd Freeman
  • Tiffany DiMarco
  • The Granucci Family
  • The Fogarty Family
  • Steven & Cerena Faggiolly
  • Roxanne Dragan
  • Robert Graham
  • Rene & Francisco Lopez
  • Ray & Kit Fragulia
  • Rachael Chetcuti
  • Peggy Alford
  • Nancy Ehat
  • Michelle & Al Hoffer
  • Margarita Cuevas
  • Kris Johnson
  • Ken & Linda Dulaney
  • Kathy Rae Brown
  • Eric Olsen
  • Ellen Gomes
  • Elaine & Christian DeLaCruz
  • Ed & Julie Gory
  • Debbie & Gary Castelli
  • Damien & Angelin Fairbairn
  • Craig & Debbie Cates
  • Craig & Adrienne Herro
  • Christian & Julia Fex
  • Brenda Cirina
  • Billy & Robin Bulanti
  • Ashley Gunther
  • Homero Espino
  • Alpio Barbara President Redwood General Tires
  • Todd & Yvonne Gumbrecht
  • Kevin Kearney
  • Nick Dorsey
  • Beverly Purrington
  • Rachel Gordon
  • Bertha Sanchez
  • Paul Nichols
  • Jaime Draper
  • Cherell & Krissy Bassett
  • Nikki Boyle
  • Omar & Maria Castillo
  • Clare Thorpe
  • Jeri Williams
  • Lindsay Willcox
  • Jami Wedel
  • Michael & Alicia Viviani
  • Andrea Torres
  • Hubert & Heather Torres
  • Stephanie & Kevin Thorpe
  • Terry R. Thom
  • Ruth & Chuck Swanson
  • Nikki & Matt Sullivan
  • Diane Stow
  • Michael Sterling
  • Mari & Greg Sonstegard
  • Mary & Bill Shorr
  • Jeff & Stephanie Schoenstein
  • Merrily Robinson
  • Joanna Ramies
  • Andrew Radin
  • Mark Quinteros
  • Shiraz Qadri
  • Elliott Powell
  • Loni Pini
  • Silvino & Brenda Pineda
  • Brady Piercey
  • David & Shawna Pillado
  • Dr. Patrick & Rebecca Pezeshkian
  • Sue Pellizzer
  • Julie Pardini
  • Dave Peck
  • The Patel Family
  • Victoria O’Brien
  • Danny Nicolosi
  • Erin Neimeyer
  • Kathy Harris
  • Tyler & Kristen Needman
  • Walter & Katy Morton
  • Judy Moore
  • Cynthia Mitchell
  • Arsen Ari Kalfayan
  • Jonathan & Shawn Jarolimek
  • Maricela & Javo Medina
  • Shane & Chandra McLaughlin
  • Julia Gonzales-Manton
  • Diego Maciel
  • Valerie Lui
  • Sue Lopez
  • Carol & Carl Landers
  • Dr. David & Dr. Mercedes Kwiatkowski
  • Regina Kipp
  • Marisa & Larry Huber
  • Aneesh Bakshi
  • Alice Bollard
  • Alberto Gonzalez
  • Valerie Milburn

Videos (1)

Chris Rasmussen-The Future of Redwood City — October 7, 2020 Chris Rasmussen For Redwood City Council-District 7 FPPC#1424889

Chris Rasmussen shares his vision of a more Sustainable Redwood City.

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