Election 2020: District 2 candidates answer Berkeleyside questions

Meet your District 2 City Council candidates in Berkeley’s November 2020 election.

District 2 candidates (from left to right in ballot order): Terry Taplin, Alex Sharenko, Cheryl Davila and Timothy Carter
District 2 candidates (from left to right in ballot order): Terry Taplin, Alex Sharenko, Cheryl Davila and Timothy Carter. 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 2 (West 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.

Four people are running for the District 2 seat occupied by Cheryl Davila since 2016: In ballot order, the candidates are Terry Taplin, Transportation Commission vice-chair; Alex Sharenko, solar engineer scientist; Cheryl Davila, incumbent; and Timothy W. Carter, business owner/commissioner. Click the following links to read our questionnaires with the District 5 candidates.

Berkeley City Council District 2 candidate Q&As

Hungry for more? Watch the candidates during an 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.


East Bay Young Democrats and Cal Berkeley Democrats also had an endorsement forum. See it on our election events page.

Upcoming Berkeley City Council District 2 candidate events

  • Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30-9 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.

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.