Election 2016 Berkeley: Spotlight on the Rent Board

Berkeley Rent Board candidates (clockwise from upper left): Nate Wollman, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Christina Murphy, Igor Tregub and Judy Hunt. Photos: Courtesy
Berkeley Rent Board candidates (clockwise from upper left): Nate Wollman, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Leah Simon-Weisberg, Christina Murphy, Igor Tregub and Judy Hunt. Photos: Courtesy

Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2016 candidates for all the local races. Our final installment of questionnaires with the candidates follows, and this edition is focused on the Rent Stabilization Board.

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 all six Rent Board candidates follow. 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 or her most inspired idea, and how each candidate plans to be accountable and accessible to constituents. Each questionnaire includes complete campaign info to help readers connect.


The deadline to register to vote in Alameda County for the Nov. 8 election is Monday, Oct. 24.

Candidate descriptions below reflect the official ballot order and ballot designation. Prior coverage can be seen in our 2016 election hub.

Six people are running for four seats: Nate Wollman (property manager), Alejandro Soto-Vigil (Rent Stabilization Board commissioner), Leah Simon-Weisberg (tenant attorney), Judy J. Hunt (commissioner, Rent Stabilization Board), Igor Tregub (Housing commissioner/engineer) and Christina Murphy (housing coordinator). 

The candidates have split themselves into two groups: a four-member team (Soto-Vigil, Simon-Weisberg, Tregub and Murphy) calling itself the “CALI Slate,” and a two-member team (Wollman and Hunt) calling itself the “FAIR Berkeley Slate.” Both sides are urging voters to keep the alliances in mind when they fill out their ballots.

(Update, Oct. 18: A comparison grid with side-by-side answers from all the candidates has been added to the links above.)

Wondering what the Rent Board does? Read about it on the city website.

Watch the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville Rent Stabilization Board candidate forum below.

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