My name is Richard Louis Brown and I am volunteering to be your next Local 1000 president. Local 1000 needs a non-political sincere and transparent leader whose only priority is to serve our represented employees. I am deeply motivated to fulfill that service to you with loyalty, dedication, integrity and accountability. I promise to faithfully protect, inspire, and help you to obtain substantial pay increases justice and vitally improved workplace protections.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and I come from a background of working class people. I served honorably for 9.6 years in the U.S. Air Force and 3 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. I worked diligently to self-finance my education and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in finance from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
On June 8, 2009, I began working for the State of California as an Employment Program Representative adjudicating unemployment claims for the Employment Development Department (EDD). Currently, I work as an Associate Governmental Program Analyst for the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission in the State Treasurer’s Office.
I believe in serving the greater good before my individual desires. I make strong financial decisions and have the courage and determination to fight the “good” fight and see things through. I am a dedicated visionary who can motivate and inspire others. I am true to my word, and I will always stand for what is right and just.
To me, this is not a job – this is a sacrifice! More than 20 years ago, as her only child, I made a promise to Genevieve Maude Brown on January 6, 1996, at 9:30 pm that I would fight for those in need of justice and respect. I am honoring that promise by running for Local 1000 president.
Local 1000 is made up of hard working Americans who deserve to be represented by a president who values their feelings, ideas, and opinions. A president leads by example, therefore, I have legally refused the salary stipend in a notarized statement dated September 22, 2017 and again on July 27, 2020.
Just as I made a promise to my mother, I promise to work with and for you as a partner in strengthening our Union.
Richard Louis Brown
I TRULY CARE!
Many people have asked me why I want to be the next Local 1000 president, and the simple answer is that I want to honor my mother, a single mother who worked tremendously hard to provide for me against all of the odds in a poverty-stricken, crime- and drug-infested environment that lacked jobs, hope and long-term happiness. Often, people in my community adopted a defeatist attitude: they did not fight to get a job or honorably serve this country in the military; they did not go to college or learn a viable trade; and they did not exercise their right to vote to change our living conditions. They simply gave up on life and on themselves.
Some of these people, looking only to enrich themselves, consistently took advantage of my mother’s lack of education and naiveté in her willingness to believe in the goodness in all people. More significantly, the primary reason for their deceitful treatment of my mother was due to her mental illness. She was diagnosed in her early twenties as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Because of her mental illness, my mother was vulnerable and frequently became the victim of broken promises concerning living arrangements and financial matters, which often caused us to move from place to place. Deceptive and cunning individuals would first gain my mother’s respect and trust, then borrow substantial sums of money or monthly rent, which they would never repay. Sometimes, they would simply evict us after getting my mother’s hard-earned rent money.
After repeatedly seeing these same broken financial promises, I promised my mother I would always fight against injustice, insincerity, and broken promises and that I would help protect the innocent. I believe in my heart that our Union needs honesty and transparency, sincere integrity, and vision to ensure long-term visibility for our represented members. This is why I want to be the next Local 1000 president.
Richard Louis Brown
Real Americans Fight
We volunteer our time and energy without expecting any financial reward.
We don’t quit when things get tough.
We don’t despair.
We believe the status quo can be changed.
We fight corruption.
We support the working men and women of this country.
We exercise our right to vote because we know that voting is key to changing our lives for the better.
We honor the sacrifices of military personnel and veterans.
We lead by example.
We value honesty, courage, and integrity.
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