Meet Andrew…

I was born and raised in Richmond and educated in our public schools. I’m raising my family here in my hometown and running my local small business, an architecture firm specializing in environmentally responsible design and in preserving historic buildings in Richmond.

I have always been called to service and my commitment to this community runs deep.

  • As a Richmond Planning Commissioner, I fought for more affordable housing.
  • On the Point Richmond Music Board, I helped secure funding for music programs in local schools.
  • As President of the Point Richmond Business Association, I helped local small businesses thrive.
  • As Board President for the Early Childhood Mental Health Project, I helped provide at-risk youth with the prevention and intervention services they needed.

As your Councilmember I’ll improve public safety by restoring police funding and the community policing model, prioritize economic development by bringing back businesses to Richmond and revitalizing the downtown, aggressively tackle our housing and homelessness crisis, work to improve recreational opportunities for families and invest in our parks, and promote environmental policies that make Richmond a greener, healthier place for all.

Andrew Butt’s Deep Roots and Real Commitment to Richmond


A Proud Son of Richmond

Andrew Butt is proud to have been born and raised right here in Richmond. Andrew grew up in a family with a long history of public service to this community. He was educated in Richmond’s public schools and grew up playing on the shoreline and swimming in the Richmond Plunge.

Ever since Andrew was a boy scout in Richmond and led a troop of young scouts in planting oak trees in Richmond’s May Valley, community service has been a major part of his life.

Today, Andrew and his wife, Kim are raising their two children in Point Richmond, and both attend public schools. Richmond is home, and Andrew has a deep, personal commitment to seeing our city thrive into the future.

A Small Business Owner Working to Build an Environmentally Sustainable Richmond

Andrew runs an architecture firm in Point Richmond that specializes in environmentally responsible design and in preserving Richmond’s vibrant historic buildings. As a certified Green Building Professional and LEED AP architect, Andrew uses green and sustainable building principles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier Richmond.

Andrew’s business has been deeply involved in numerous prominent local projects that have helped revitalize and improve our city, including Nystrom Elementary School, Washington Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, and the Contra Costa College Student Services Building. Under Andrew’s leadership, the firm has worked with a number of local non-profits to improve their facilities, including extensive pro-bono work. Some of these include the Masquers Playhouse renovations and structural upgrade project, Early Childhood Mental Health Program, and the YMCA.

Results & Accomplishments

Decades of Giving Back to Richmond and Making a Difference on Housing, Economic Opportunity, the Environment, and in Our Schools

Over the last two decades, Andrew has either served on or advised the board of nearly every major Richmond non-profit, and he has made a big difference for so many in Richmond.

  • As a Richmond Planning Commissioner, Andrew fought for more affordable housing for Richmond working families.
  • On the Advisory Board of Self-Sustaining Communities, Andrew worked with low-income residents and community members to create wide-scale, environmentally sustainable local food production in distressed neighborhoods.
  • As Board President of the Early Childhood Mental Health Project, Andrew delivered critical prevention services to local at-risk youth.
  • On the Point Richmond Music Board, Andrew helped secure critical funding for music programs in our local schools.
  • As President of the Point Richmond Business Association, he helped local small businesses thrive, and introduced a number of new community-building events to the area, including Picnic in the Point and the Historic Point Richmond Fall Fest.
  • On the Solar Richmond Board, Andrew helped bring more solar energy to Richmond.
  • On the Pogo Park Board, Andrew helped revitalize numerous parks in underserved Richmond neighborhoods.

Andrew has also served on or advised the boards of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond History Museum, the Richmond Arts Center, and the Point Richmond Gateway Foundation.

Ready to Help Richmond Reach Our Potential

Andrew believes Richmond has vast potential and promise. He’s ready to serve us at City Hall, where he will work to bring our neighborhoods, local nonprofits, small businesses, and community leaders across the public and private sectors together to deliver the results Richmond needs.

  • Restore Public Safety and Rebuild Trust – The safety of every Richmond resident, in every Richmond neighborhood is the top priority of City Hall. As our Councilmember, Andrew will restore police funding, as well as the community policing model, to rebuild trust between our communities and the police department.
  • Fight for Economic Development that Benefits All of Us – Andrew knows that more opportunity leads to stronger communities. He’s ready to use his small business experience to attract more small businesses that help revitalize our downtown and provide good, family-supporting jobs.
  • Address the Affordable Housing and Homeless Crises With the Seriousness They Demand – Andrew knows there’s no silver bullet to tackling housing affordability and homelessness (two crises that are deeply intertwined). But he also knows that more can be done to make progress right now. As our Councilmember, he will fight to protect Richmond residents at risk of falling through the cracks and losing their housing, work to streamline the building of more affordable units, and expand resources for mental health and substance abuse programs.
  • Fulfill Richmond’s Responsibility to Creating a Sustainable Future – As a green architect, Andrew has the experience and the commitment to put environmental protection and sustainability front and center. As our Councilmember, he’ll fight for clean air and water, and more protected open space, parks, and recreational opportunities. He will also bring an approach that will enable the City to thoughtfully navigate future development projects so they’re aligned with the best environmental practices while also generating the new housing and new small businesses we need.
  • Increase Transparency and Accountability in Local Government – The people of Richmond should be able to have the confidence that their local government is not operating behind closed doors. On the Council, Andrew will work to ensure that critical decisions and expenditures see the light of day and that the public has better access to public meetings and the critical information they deserve.

We All Support Andrew Butt for City Council!

• Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendant of Public Education
• Maryn Hurlbut, VP Richmond Tennis Association and Richmond Parks and Recreation Commissioner
• Gary Hurlbut, President, Richmond Tennis Association
• James Lee, Richmond Chamber of Commerce
• Kieron Slaughter, former Richmond Senior Planner and Chief Strategist, Economic Innovation for the City of Berkeley
• Menbe Alkilu, Founder of Menbe’s Way, and former restaurateur and small business owner
• Daryl Henline, Former Vice President Santa Fe Neighborhood Council, Harbormaster Point San Pablo Harbor
• Richmond Police Officers Association
• Don Lau, Past President and CEO, YMCA of the East Bay
• Martin McNair, President, Point Richmond Gateway Foundation, and board member Contra Costa College Foundation
• Daniel Butt, Point Richmond Business Association President
• Scott Harris, Point Richmond Business Association VP
• Peter Thelin, Point Richmond Neighborhood Council Past President
• Richmond Mayor Tom Butt
• Irma Anderson, Former Richmond Mayor (2001-2006)
• Former 2-term Richmond Mayor Rosemary Corbin
• Richard Mitchell, former Richmond Planning Director
• Former Richmond City Council Member Jeff Ritterman
• DeJeana Burkes, President and founder of The North & Greater Richmond Blues Foundation
• Former Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay
• Tim Banuelos, Former Mayor of Pinole
• Bruce Beyeart, TRAC Chair
• Layla Dima, President Washington School PTA
• Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council
• UA Local 342 Plumbers, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & Pipeline Union
Iron Workers Local 378
Richmond Firefighters IAFF Local 188
• John Ziesenhenne, Former Richmond City Councilman, Board President, Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau
• Bendrick Foster, Community activist, and Founder and Executive Director, NewLife Movement

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