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.
Berkeley’s population is 19.7% Asian-American, according to the Census, but this is the first year since 1977 there will be Asian Americans serving on the City Council.
Voter turnout significantly eclipsed that of the last mid-term election in Berkeley. See all the results in one place.
Alameda County updates the ballot count daily, but very little is changing at this point.
Although more votes remain to be counted, it is increasingly likely that the leads established on Election Day will hold.
The standings haven’t changed in two City Council races in Berkeley that may still be too early to call, according to new results posted Thursday evening by the Alameda County registrar of voters.
Two Berkeley measures have brought in more than $400,000.
Two D8 candidates have been tripped up by the new public campaign financing laws. Students who had hoped to vote aren’t getting that right just yet. And a very popular senator is coming to get out the vote.
Six weeks remain until the November election. Some races have already gotten ugly.
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.
With less than a week before election day, a single poll shows the candidate who has served eight years in public office narrowly ahead of a campaign consultant in her first race.
Beckles was buoyed on Monday by an endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Richmond councilwoman has staked out positions on the left of the Democratic spectrum.
The independent senator from Vermont did not endorse AD15 Candidate Jovanka Beckles, although she was one of the few politicians to sit on the stage behind him.
With a large number of mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, there could still be some unexpected results in Berkeley.
Berkeley election tallies with 100% of the precincts reporting. Mail-in ballots received after Sunday have not been counted. All results remain unofficial as of Wednesday morning.
Our live coverage reported as the results came in on who won in Berkeley, including for the four City Council seats up for grabs, along with spots on the school and rent boards.
Our photographer, Pete Rosos, is out and about capturing democracy in action in our city, and we’ll be updating this gallery throughout the day. Send us your best election photos too