These candidates have been endorsed by Berkeley Citizens Action, Berkeley Progressive Alliance and the Berkeley Tenants Union, during two endorsement events in April 2016; details of the ballot count for mayor and council candidates for April 30th can be found here. They were recently endorsed by the Wellstone Democratic Club.
Our Progressive candidates have raised significant amount of funds, but this election year is very competitive, as there is an opportunity to elect a progressive majority. Your contributions of money and time are very important. We urge you to DONATE to their campaigns, WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS & CALL VOTERS. CLICK THE LINKS ON CANDIDATES NAMES, BELOW, TO GET REACH THEIR WEBSITES.
MAYOR: Jesse Arreguín. As mayor, “Jesse will bring our city together and get results, so Berkeley moves forward and carries on our tradition of progressive leadership.” A current Councilmember, Jesse has progressive vision and a record to back it up. As Mayor, he will work to tackle the affordability crisis by protecting and expanding affordable housing and preventing displacement, so Berkeley remains a diverse and vibrant place to live.
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2: Nanci Armstrong-Temple, is committed to two things: Berkeley and Justice. She plans to fight for these as Berkeley City Council representative for District 2.” Nanci understands the unique landscape that makes up our small town, which is both diverse and complex. She believes that every resident of Berkeley has the right to experience a safe and equitable Berkeley, as well as responsive and ethical leadership.
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 3: Ben Bartlett, says his “campaign is about responsive government, inclusion, and environmental sustainability… Berkeley, like most places, has a growing gap between Opportunity and Affordability, and a deepening conflict between Prosperity and Sustainability. These are the issues of our times.”
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 5: Sophie Hahn, active in Berkeley since High School, Sophie’s “commitment to this community, and to causes that exemplify core Berkeley values, has been expressed through continuous leadership, advocacy and service.” As a member of the Zoning Adjustment Board, Sophie has been “the leading advocate for affordable housing and sensitivity to neighborhood concerns.”
CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6: Fred Dodsworth, a Berkeley resident since the mid-seventies, a journalist, teacher and former business owner with a lifelong commitment to the environment and social justice issues, Fred’s an independent candidate who will speak truth to power. Fred supports a living wage and affordable housing, will work to save Alta Bates and Herrick Hospitals, create real solutions to the homeless and mental health in our community and develop responsible transparent budgets.
THE PRO-RENT CONTROL RENT BOARD CANDIDATES
On Sunday, April 26th, the 2016 Berkeley Tenants Convention endorsed the following candidates for a Pro-Tenant Slate for Rent Board: Christina Murphy, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Igor Tregub. Check back here for links to websites.