Incumbency and fundraising ability still mattered as the two sitting council members won reelection. However public financing allowed candidates to spend more time talking to constituents.
Public financing was used for the first time in Berkeley during the November 2018 election and the Fair Practices Campaign Commission is still dealing with violations from various races.
Companies that build affordable housing are pouring funds into support of the O and P measures, Realtors are opposing the proposed property transfer tax hike and Wicks is outspending Beckles in the AD15 race.
They differ on their support for Proposition 10, housing, charter school reforms, whether California should immediately seek a single-payer health plan and more.
Twelve of the 14 candidates for City Council are using public matching funds.
Here’s where to find information on more than 20 ballot items before heading to the polls Tuesday.
The crowded field of 11 candidates has collectively brought in more than $1.7 million, with Wicks far out-raising her competitors.
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