Whether voting by mail, at a drop-off location, or in-person (see a map of accessible locations) on Nov. 3, Berkeley voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from in the seven local races this year.
There are 12 seats at play, including the mayor’s office, four City Council positions, two School Board positions and five on the Rent Stabilization Board.
Here are the candidates running in Berkeley who will be on your ballot on Nov. 3. They are mentioned in the order the City Clerk placed them on the ballot. We have included a link to each candidate’s website (if they have one) and a link to Berkeleyside coverage. We will be providing more campaign coverage in the coming weeks.
Naomi D. Pete (no designation requested). Read about Pete on Berkeleyside
Berkeley City Council, District 2
Berkeley City Council, District 3
Berkeley City Council, District 5
Paul Darwin Picklesimer, community center manager. Read about Picklesimer on Berkeleyside
Berkeley City Council, District 6
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (5 seats)
Bahman Ahmadi, retired engineer
Bianca Zahrai, attorney
Wendy Saenz Hood Neufeld, retired media coordinator
Carole Marasovic, member of Berkeley’s Homeless Commission and attorney. Read about Marasovic on Berkeleyside
Mari Mendonca, appointed Rent Stabilization Board commissioner. Read about Mendonca on Berkeleyside.
Pawel Moldenhawer, green building contractor
Dan McDunn, home builder. Read about McDunn on Berkeleyside.
Andy Kelley, Alameda County planning commissioner
Dominique Walker, community field organizer. Read about Walker on Berkeleyside
Xavier Johnson, tenants’ rights advocate
Berkeley School Board (2 seats)
Jose Luis Bedolla, nonprofit CEO
Norma J F Harrison, community volunteer. Read about Harrison on Berkeleyside
Esfandiar Imani, risk management consultant
Mike Chang, education law attorney
All terms of office will run from Dec. 1, 2020, to Nov. 30, 2024, with the exception of one Rent Board seat, which has a term from Dec. 1, 2020, to Nov. 30, 2022. The Rent Board candidate with the fifth-most votes will serve the shorter term.