Election 2020: District 5 candidates answer Berkeleyside questions

Meet your District 5 City Council candidates in Berkeley’s November 2020 election.

District 5 candidates (in ballot order): Todd Andrew and Sophie Hahn. A third candidate, Paul Picklesimer, did not respond to Berkeleyside inquiries. Photos: Courtesy

Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2020 candidates for Berkeley City Council, School Board and Rent Stabilization Board. This week, we’ll publish questionnaires with City Council candidates each day.

Q&As with District 5 (North Berkeley) City Council candidates follow. We asked candidates why they were running, what sets them apart, what they see as the city’s biggest challenges and how they might work 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, including social media pages, to help readers connect.

Three people are running for the District 5 seat occupied by Sophie Hahn since 2016. In ballot order, the candidates are Todd Andrew, real estate salesperson; Sophie Hahn, Berkeley City Councilmember; and Paul Darwin Picklesimer, community center manager. (Picklesimer did not respond to multiple inquiries from Berkeleyside.) Click the following links to read our questionnaires with the District 5 candidates.

Berkeley City Council District 5 candidate Q&As

Hungry for more? Watch the candidates for District 5 in a Sept. 17 forum presented by Berkeley Neighbors for Housing and Climate Action, co-hosted by Walk Bike Berkeley and Cal Berkeley Dems. (The link below is set to begin with the District 5 candidates; they spoke after candidates for another council district shared views.)


Upcoming Berkeley City Council District 5 candidate events

  • Friday, Sept. 25, 6-7:15 p.m. | City Council District 5 forum presented by the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville. Registration details are posted on the LWVBAE website.
  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Election Forum: Mayor and District 5 presented by Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association (TONA). Register to receive the Zoom link.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have more stories on the key Berkeley races and ballot initiatives to help readers make informed decisions about the potential leaders and policies that could help shape Berkeley’s future.

The deadline to register to vote online or by mail in Alameda County is Oct. 19, and the election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Other Berkeley election 2020 resources

See complete 2020 election coverage on Berkeleyside. Read all the 2020 candidate statements for Berkeley.