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California State SenateCandidate for District 9

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Rich Kinney

20,287 votes (8.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase good paying jobs with benefits and retirement options
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation throughout region
  • Improve Quality of Education and Increase Career Technical Education for College Alternative



Profession:Mayor, Teacher
City Council/Mayor, City of San Pablo (2012–current)
Teacher, West Contra Costa County Unified School District (2003–current)
Mayor, City of San Pablo — Elected position (2015–current)
City Council, City of San Pablo — Elected position (2012–2015)
Basketball Coach, Richmond High School (2004–2010)
Police Chaplain, City of San Pablo Police Department — Appointed position (1999–2004)


Cal Berkeley Extension CTE Teacher Credential, Courses for Teaching Credential (2011)
Assemblies of God - UBTC Certificate of Ministry, Pastoral Studies (1998)
Cal State East Bay (Hayward) BA Music, Vocal Pedagogy (1983)


Rich has served as Police Chaplain, Richmond High School Basketball and Tennis Coach, started Neighborhood Watch groups, is a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Member, and has organized many community outreaches and  Parades jointly with other Churches, as well as organized Annual National Day of Prayer activities in his City. Rich was elected to the City Council in 2012, served two years on the League of California Cities' Housing and Economic Development Policy Committee, along with many other tasks, as well as attending the monthly Contra Costa Mayors Conference and the West County Mayors and Supervisors Group. He ran for the State Assembly in 2014 and came in 4th place in a field of 8 candidates. His Party rewarded his valiant efforts by welcoming him as a delegate and selected him to serve on the Platform Committee where he was instrumental in protecting the Traditional Marriage plank while supporting same sex couples' equal rights and privileges under the current laws. Rich also initiated the new plank of Freedom of Religion to be restored to CaGOP 2016 State Platform which Chairman Jim Brulte carried successfully through the floor at the Convention and saw it overwhelmingly approved. 

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $23,039

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Palm Plaza Development
California Trailblazers
Five Star Cleaners
McDonald's and employees
Employees of United States Postal Service

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.93%
Arizona 2.56%
Michigan 0.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (84.78%)
Small contributions (15.22%)

By Type:

From organizations (43.17%)
From individuals (56.83%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm running for the state Senate because I want to

  • More better paying jobs with benefits and retirement options
  • Reduce Traffic congestion on our Freeways - Extend BART to Crockett
  • Improve Education for all and Increase Career Technical Education
  • Support Public Safety, Veterans, Elderly, Physically and Mentally Challenged, etc.

I believe in

  • Free Enterprise
  • Limited Government
  • Indiviual Liberty
  • Traditional American Values
  • A Strong National Defense

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