A look at the top three candidates who have emerged to replace Richmond City Councilman-elect Gary Bell.

Eduardo Martinez

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Taught elementary school for 18 years in the WCCUSD.

Personal background: Born and raised in Texas, came to the Bay Area in 1971. Married with one son and resident of Richmond since 1993.

Education: BA in Liberal Studies and teaching credential.

Kathleen Sullivan

Age: 57

Occupation: President of the Richmond/Contra Costa Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Worked for the Neighborhood House of North Richmond for eight years providing Senior Case Management services to at-risk families and mothers with young children in Richmond. Served as chair of Richmond's Human Relations and Human Rights Commission until she termed out last year.

Personal background: Married with two sons, two daughters

Education: BA in Human Relations from New College San Francisco.

Don Gosney

Age: 58

Occupation: Retired steamfitter

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Former president of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 342. Worked on Contra Costa County's Unannounced Inspection Team to check on refinery safety. Administrator of The Ivy League Connection program in West Contra Costa School District.


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Personal background: Born and raised in Richmond. Single.

Education: John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond.