If you have not yet heard it, you're going to love this KQED interview with Jovanka.

Jovanka is every bit who she says she is and how she seems. She works with teachers, parole officers, kids, families. Like them, she is a worker rooted in the community. She is genuine. Assembly District 15 voters know her and how she's changed things.

As a two-term Richmond City Council member, in concert with the support and engagement of other council members and community activists, Jovanka has accomplished many firsts for her community:

  • Helped Richmond become the first new rent control city in California in over thirty years;
  • Created the Richmond Municipal ID Program, which allows immigrants to identify themselves safely to police;
  • Introduced and led the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 by January 2019;
  • "Banned the box" (removed questions about former conviction) from job applications for city contractors and public housing applications in Richmond, enacting one of the most comprehensive plans in the U.S.


Jovanka amplifies the voices of those who are fed up with corporate politics and eager for a government that responds to the needs of working families. Enjoy and share the interview. It's a great introduction. Once introduced, people support Jovanka.


Jovanka Beckles

I am running for the California State Assembly to transform our state government to work for people, not profit. Join me and our movement to build a California that works for the many, not the few.