Election 2020: District 3 candidates answer Berkeleyside questions

Meet your District 3 City Council candidates in Berkeley’s November 2020 election: Ben Bartlett, Deborah Matthews and Orlando Martinez.

District 3 Berkeley City Council candidates (from left to right in ballot order): Ben Bartlett, Deborah Matthews and Orlando Martinez
District 3 candidates (from left to right in ballot order): Ben Bartlett, Deborah Matthews and Orlando Martinez. 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 3 (South 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 3 seat occupied by Ben Bartlett since 2016. In ballot order, the candidates are Ben Bartlett, Berkeley City Council member; Deborah Matthews, real estate broker; and Orlando Martinez, construction manager. Click the following links to read our questionnaires with the District 3 candidates.

Berkeley City Council District 3 candidate Q&As

Hungry for more? Watch the candidates for District 3 in a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville.


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.