Born and raised in San Diego, Richard graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Finance, and later attended the University of North Dakota to pursue a Master of Science in Applied Economics. He was elected to the Coronado City Council in 2012, and, in 2016 at the age of 30, Richard was elected the 51st Mayor of Coronado, becoming the youngest mayor in the city’s history.
Richard is also an avid athlete; having competed in multiple marathons, an Ironman triathlon and multi-stage endurance events.
As Mayor of Coronado, Richard has reduced taxes, voted against wasteful spending and supported reforms to protect taxpayers’ money which helped earn Coronado a AAA bond rating. Since being elected to the Coronado City Council in 2012, Richard has made pension reform a top priority. He led to reduce pension liabilities and supports policies that give cities greater flexibility for their employees’ retirement plans. Richard also led by example by waiving his own city pension and voted twice against his own pay raise.
During his time as Mayor, Richard also made environmental initiatives a high priority by approving a water reclamation plant in Coronado and lobbying Congress to stop the sewage spills from Mexico that forced the closure of beaches in the United States.
Richard believes the purpose of government is to protect individual freedoms so each of us can live the life we choose.