We asked candidates why they were running, what sets them apart, what they see as the city’s biggest challenges and how they might work to solve them. Learn what each candidate thinks is his or her most inspired idea, and how each candidate plans to be accountable and accessible to constituents. Each questionnaire includes complete campaign info, including social media pages, to help readers connect.
Twelve people are running for five available Rent Stabilization Board seats, including incumbents Leah Simon-Weisberg, an attorney, and Mari Mendonca, who have served on the board since 2016 and 2019, respectively. The challengers are Bahman Ahmadi, retired engineer; Bianca Zahrai, attorney; Soulmaz Panahi, real estate agent; Wendy Saenz Hood Neufeld, retired media coordinator; Carole Marasovic, homeless commissioner/attorney; Pawel Moldenhawer, green building contractor; Dan McDunn, home builder; Andy Kelley, Alameda County planning commissioner; Dominique Walker, community field organizer; and Xavier Johnson, tenants’ rights advocate.
There are two slates, which call themselves Right to Housing and Homeowners for the Rent Board. The “Right to Housing” slate is comprised of Simon-Weisberg, Mendonca, Kelley, Walker and Johnson. “Homeowners for the Rent Board” is comprised of Ahmadi, Panahi, McDunn, Neufeld and Moldenhawer. Two other candidates — Zahrai and Marasovic — are not part of either slate. Click the following links to read our questionnaires with the rent board candidates.
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board candidate Q&As
- Election 2020: Who is Bahman Ahmadi?
- Election 2020: Who is Dominique Walker?
- Election 2020: Who is Soulmaz Panahi?
- Election 2020: Who is Wendy Saenz Hood Neufeld?
- Election 2020: Who is Dan McDunn?
- Election 2020: Who is Andy Kelley?
- Election 2020: Who is Leah Simon-Weisberg?
- Election 2020: Who is Pawel Moldenhawer?
- Election 2020: Who is Mari Mendonca?
- Election 2020: Who is Carole Marasovic?
- Election 2020: Who is Bianca Zahrai?
- Election 2020: Who is Xavier Johnson?
Hungry for more? Watch the candidates for District 3 in a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville.
In the coming weeks, we’ll have more stories on the key Berkeley races and ballot initiatives to help readers make informed decisions about the potential leaders and policies that could help shape Berkeley’s future.
The deadline to register to vote online or by mail in Alameda County is Oct. 19, and the election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Other Berkeley election 2020 resources
- The city of Berkeley’s election portal
- Don’t know your Berkeley City Council district? The city website has a handy tool for that.
- Voter’s Edge: View a personalized ballot by entering your address.
- The League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany and Emeryville: Local races
- Check your voter registration status (and sign up to get election materials online).
- Find your voter profile (Alameda County registrar of voters).
- Confused about ranked-choice voting? Learn how it works.