Incumbency and fundraising ability still mattered as the two sitting council members won reelection. However public financing allowed candidates to spend more time talking to constituents.
Public financing was used for the first time in Berkeley during the November 2018 election and the Fair Practices Campaign Commission is still dealing with violations from various races.
Berkeley’s population is 19.7% Asian-American, according to the Census, but this is the first year since 1977 there will be Asian Americans serving on the City Council.
With a large number of mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, there could still be some unexpected results in Berkeley.
Berkeley election tallies with 100% of the precincts reporting. Mail-in ballots received after Sunday have not been counted. All results remain unofficial as of Wednesday morning.
Our live coverage reported as the results came in on who won in Berkeley, including for the four City Council seats up for grabs, along with spots on the school and rent boards.
Our photographer, Pete Rosos, is out and about capturing democracy in action in our city, and we’ll be updating this gallery throughout the day. Send us your best election photos too