Watch: Election 2020 candidate events in Berkeley

We’re keeping track of forums featuring candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. Watch the recordings here once the events are over.

"I voted" election stickers in many languages
“I voted” stickers in different languages at a Berkeley polling station. Photo: Kelly Sullivan

Berkeleyside is keeping track of virtual forums where Berkeley candidates will share their positions ahead of the Nov. 3 election. (Don’t know your district? Use the city’s council district locator.) We will add to this list as more events are planned. NB: Our focus is on events where all the candidates for any given race will be present. Help us make the list as comprehensive as possible — if you know of an event, let us know by sending us a tip. If you’d like to post events for individual candidates, we invite you to use the Berkeleyside event calendar.

Past events

Friday, Oct. 23

6:30-8:00 p.m. ASUC Office of External Affairs District 6 City Council forum. Watch the forum.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

6:30-8:00 p.m. ASUC Office of External Affairs District 5 City Council forum. Watch the forum.

Monday, Oct. 19

6:30-8:00 p.m. ASUC Office of External Affairs District 3 City Council forum. Watch the forum.

Friday, Oct. 16

6:30-8:00 p.m. ASUC Office of External Affairs District 2 City Council forum. Watch the forum. 

Thursday, Sept. 10

Candidates from District 2 and District 6 endorsement forum presented by BNHCA (Berkeley Neighbors for Housing and Climate Action), co-hosted with Walk Bike Berkeley and Cal Berkeley Dems. The YouTube video appears below.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Endorsement meeting for District 2 co-hosted by East Bay Young Democrats and Cal Berkeley Democrats.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Candidates from District 3 and District 5 endorsement forum presented by Berkeley Neighbors for Housing and Climate Action, co-hosted by Walk Bike Berkeley and Cal Berkeley Dems. The YouTube video appears below.

Monday, Sept. 21

City Council District 3 forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Ben Bartlett (incumbent), Deborah Matthews (real estate broker) and Orlando Martinez (construction manager).

City Council District 6 forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Susan Wengraf (incumbent) and Richard Illgen (social justice attorney).

Tuesday, Sept. 22

School Board forum (2 positions) presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Laura Babitt (parent/financial auditor), Jose Luis Bedolla (nonprofit CEO), Norma J F Harrison (community volunteer), Esfandiar Imani (risk management consultant), Mike Chang (education law attorney) and Ana Vasudeo (schools transportation planner).

Wednesday, Sept. 23

State Senate, District 9, forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Jamie Dluzak (libertarian) and Nancy Skinner (incumbent).

Thursday, Sept. 24

The mayor’s race endorsement forum presented by Berkeley Neighbors for Housing and Climate Action, co-hosted by Walk Bike Berkeley and Cal Berkeley Dems.

Friday, Sept. 25

City Council District 5 forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Sophie Hahn, (incumbent), Todd Andrew (real estate salesperson) and Paul Darwin Picklesimer (community center manager).

City Council District 2 forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville with Cheryl Davila (incumbent), Terry Taplin (Transportation Commission vice-chair), Alex Sharenko (solar energy scientist) and Timothy W. Carter (business owner/commissioner).

Monday, Sept. 28

Mayoral forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville (LWVBAE) with Jesse Arreguin (incumbent), Wayne Hsiung (environmental attorney), Aidan Hill (vice-chair Homeless Commission) and Naomi D. Pete.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Rent Stabilization Board forum (five positions) presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville (LWVBAE) with Bahman Ahmadi (retired engineer), Bianca Zahrai (attorney), Soulmaz Panahi (real estate agent), Leah Simon-Weisberg (incumbent), Wendy Saenz Hood Neufeld (retired media coordinator), Carole Marasovic (Homeless Commission member/attorney), Mari Mendonca (incumbent), Pawel Moldenhawer (green building contractor), Dan McDunn (home builder), Andy Kelley, Alameda County Planning Commission member), Dominique Walker (community field organizer) and Xavier Johnson (tenants’ rights advocate).

Thursday, Oct. 1

Berkeley Cultural Trust candidate forum on the arts. Hosts are Sharon Dolan, chair of the Berkeley Cultural Trust, and Lisa Bullwinkel, chair of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission. MC is Patrick Dooley, artistic director, Shotgun Players. Berkeleyside will share the video here if it becomes available.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Berkeley Election Forum: Mayor and District 5 presented by Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA).

Monday, Oct. 5

Berkeley Election Forum: Ballot measures FF, HH and MM presented by Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Berkeley School Board forum presented by Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA).

Saturday, Oct. 10

10-noon | Berkeley Neighborhoods Council Mayoral Forum Join by Zoom.

Monday, Oct. 12

6:30-8:00 p.m. ASUC Office of External Affairs Mayoral forum