The Richmond vice mayor was part of the shift in Richmond’s political power over the last decade.
First elected in 1992, Maio has served more than 25 years, making her the longest-serving council member in Berkeley.
Ben Bartlett has only been a Berkeley City Councilman for 1.5 years, but has the experience to be an Assemblyman because "a year in Berkeley is like 7 years anywhere else," he says
With 12 people now running to replace Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, developments in the race are fast and furious.
The candidates in the crowded race talked housing, healthcare and campaign finance at an endorsement meeting Sunday.
Buffy Wicks, who has worked for both President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, has dwarfed her competitors by raising $520,124. The AD 15 race is one of the costliest so far.