Published: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Updated: Thursday, October 30, 2008 14:10
Tom Butt wants to continue his goal of changing Richmond's image by being re-elected to its city council.
Focus on the city's waterfront parks and bicycle trails have been instrumental in altering Richmond's image in Butt's 13 years as a city council member, he said.
His main concern that is important for Contra Costa College students to know about, Butt said, is his advocacy for transparent government.
Those who govern others should not meet in secret, he said, but in open meetings for the public to be able to attend.
The incumbent city council member does not discriminate against people who need help.
He takes care of all people in the city of Richmond, especially those who are in need of help, Butt said.
Butt is an advocate of all levels of business, he said.
He does not, however, support Chevron's business in the area.
Butt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and his master's degree from UCLA.
As an architect, Butt believes in good urban design.
His architecture firm, Interactive Resources, worked on the new Student Services Center at CCC, as well as the Student Union Building at Diablo Valley College.
Butt has been living in Richmond since 1973.