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by Senior Editorial Board
Berkeley needs new leadership, a new face and a new direction. For too long, its elected officials have pushed moderate and incremental change, and they have punted on important radical proposals. Yes, the “soda tax” is an exception, but Berkeley deserves local officials willing to tackle affordable housing, homelessness and police force in innovative, nuanced and often radical ways.

A bit about our process: We sat down with most Berkeley candidates — though we didn’t get the chance speak to transportation board candidates — to discuss their experiences and visions for the future.

When it comes to City Council, we want to see a new governing class take a turn at solving Berkeley’s most pressing issues.

While we recognize that the issue of unfunded liabilities, for example, is important, we also recognize that our endorsements should be based on more than just one criterion. Voters deserve a nuanced perspective.

Here’s our take.

Vote for these

local candidates
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city council district 2
ben-bartlett
city council district 3
sophie-hahn
city council district 5
fred-dodsworth
city council district 6
igor-tregub
rent board
judy-appel
school board
local ballot measures
yes
on
no
on
state candidates
tonythurmond
state assembly
nancy-skinner
state senate
state ballot propositions
yes
on
no
on
national candidates
barbara_lee_official_photo
U.S. congress
m_id_373224_kamala_harris
U.S. senate
hilary
U.S. president
regional candidates
saltzman_mug
BART Board of Directors District 3
simon_mug
BART Board of Directors District 7
wallace_mug
AC Transit Board of Directors Ward 1
harper_mug
AC Transit Board of Directors Ward 2
peeples_online
AC Transit Board at large
jackson_mug
Alameda County Superior Court Judge
regional measures
yes
on
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