Chevron Corporation pumped an unprecedented $1 million into to Richmond political races this fall, but all three of its candidates appear to have lost. The oil company’s mayoral candidate, Councilman Nat Bates, is losing to Gayle McLaughlin 37 percent to 40 percent. And Chevron’s city council candidates, Councilwomen Myrna Lopez and Maria Viramontes are tied for fourth place with 11 percent in a contest in which only three candidates will be elected.
Candidate Corky Booze (15%), Councilman Jim Rogers (14%), and candidate Jovanka Beckels (13%) are leading the council race, and all three are progressives. And with progressives Tom Butt and Jeff Ritterman already on the council, that means Chevron, a company that has dominated Richmond politics for years, likely will have very little influence inside City Hall in the years to come.