It’s been a long time since Berkeley had a competitive mayoral election. There’s no polling conducted in Berkeley, but with incumbent Tom Bates stepping down, there’s considerable uncertainty about the result of the 2016 race.
Unquestionably, the two most visible candidates – most active in campaigning, raising the most money, and spending the most on the race – are council members Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín. Berkeleyside has been covering the different approaches the two take to many of the issues that dominate debate in Berkeley, from housing to homelessness to downtown. But what do we know about Arreguín’s and Capitelli’s development as local political figures?
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Berkeleyside’s Frances Dinkelspiel has been attending mayoral forums, interviewing the candidates, and tracking them down during public events like the recent Sunday Streets. The result is two portraits of very different figures, vying for the symbolic leadership of Berkeley.
- Laurie Capitelli wants to bring compromise, consensus to mayor’s office
- If elected, Jesse Arreguín would be Berkeley’s first Latino mayor, just one of many firsts
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- Arreguín accelerates fundraising but Capitelli maintains monetary lead
- Top contenders for Berkeley mayor have sharp differences towards development
- Berkeley mayoral candidates square off about budget, homelessness and more
- Berkeley candidates outline their positions on the arts
- Berkeley candidates share their vision for downtown
- Election 2016 Berkeley: Spotlight on the mayor’s race
- Election 2016: Who is Kriss Worthington?
- Election 2016: Who is Jesse Arreguín?
- Election 2016: Who is Laurie Capitelli?
- Election 2016: Who is Ben Gould?
- Election 2016: Who is Guy ‘Mike’ Lee?
- Compare the candidate responses in a grid (PDF)
- Kriss Worthington to run for mayor of Berkeley
- Would a homeless mayor in Berkeley make a difference for the homeless?
- Berkeley mayoral hopefuls weigh in on homelessness
- With mayor and two councilmen stepping aside, Berkeley’s election is heating up
- Laurie Capitelli to run for mayor of Berkeley in 2016
- Jesse Arreguín formally announces run for mayor
- Oops! Did Jesse Arreguín inadvertently declare he is running for mayor?
- Websites: Worthington || Wahl || RunningWolf || Arreguín || Capitelli || Gould || Lee
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