Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2016 candidates for Berkeley mayor, City Council, School Board and Rent Board. We are publishing questionnaires with the candidates daily at 11 a.m. through Monday.
We’ll also have stories on all the key Berkeley races and initiatives on the ballot, and hope to help readers make informed decisions about the potential leaders and policies that could help shape Berkeley’s future.
See all local 2016 coverage on Berkeleyside.
Q&As with three of the four School Board candidates follow (the other candidate did not fill out the form). We asked why they were running, what sets them apart, what the city’s biggest challenges are and how they hope to solve them. Learn what each candidate thinks is his 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.
The deadline to register to vote in Alameda County for the Nov. 8 election is Monday, Oct. 24.
Four candidates are running for two seats: Abdur Sikder (scientist/entrepreneur), Judy Appel (Berkeley School Board director), Beatriz Leyva-Cutler (incumbent) and Norma J F Harrison (write-in candidate).
- Election 2016: Who is Abdur Sikder?
- Election 2016: Who is Judy Appel?
- Election 2016: Who is Beatriz Leyva-Cutler?
- Norma J F Harrison overview (provided via email)
- Websites: Sikder || Appel || Leyva-Cutler || Harrison
Watch the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville School Board candidate forum below.
- The city of Berkeley’s election portal, including candidate info and ballot arguments
- 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
Berkeleyside’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is two days of provocative thinking, inspiring speakers, workshops, and a big party — all in downtown Berkeley in October. Read all about it, be part of it. Register on the Uncharted website.