Mayor Eduardo Martinez was born in 1949 in Dumas, Texas. After moving to the Bay Area in the 1970s, Councilmember Martinez received his BA in Liberal Arts and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from San Francisco State. He began his teaching career in 1989 and worked in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District for many years before retiring in 2010.
Being a long time resident of Richmond, Councilmember Martinez cares deeply for his community. Since winning a seat in the Richmond City Council in 2014, Councilmember Martinez has been a strong advocate for protecting the environment, strengthening the police review process, increasing the minimum wage, stabilizing rents and transferring public money from jail expansion to public services.