Wicks, who represents Berkeley and Oakland, asked to vote by proxy. Her request was denied and sparked outrage that women are expected to balance motherhood and work without much institutional support.
Two Berkeley measures have brought in more than $400,000.
With less than a week before election day, a single poll shows the candidate who has served eight years in public office narrowly ahead of a campaign consultant in her first race.
Beckles was buoyed on Monday by an endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Richmond councilwoman has staked out positions on the left of the Democratic spectrum.
By Nov. 6, the Wicks campaign and its 500 volunteers plan to have knocked on 100,000 doors, part of the candidate’s strategy to connect with voters.
Companies that build affordable housing are pouring funds into support of the O and P measures, Realtors are opposing the proposed property transfer tax hike and Wicks is outspending Beckles in the AD15 race.
They differ on their support for Proposition 10, housing, charter school reforms, whether California should immediately seek a single-payer health plan and more.
At Food in the 15th, organized by the California Food and Farming Network, the candidates spoke on affordable food, urban agriculture social justice for food workers, more.
Six weeks remain until the November election. Some races have already gotten ugly.
Jovanka Beckles is now in second place, as of Saturday evening.
Buffy, who favors reforming, but not repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, is not in public office so house parties are an opportunity to introduce herself to voters.
With 12 people now running to replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, developments in the race are fast and furious.