Mayor Tom Bates to retire from position after 14 years in office

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Ethan Epstein/Senior Staff

After 14 years as mayor of Berkeley — the longest tenure in the city’s history — and 38 years of public office, Tom Bates, age 78, has decided to retire. It marks the end of a long career of public service that was punctuated with significant accomplishments that benefited many, from people with disabilities to Berkeley youth to local breweries and sports fanatics.
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City stakeholders weigh in on importance of endorsements

Endorsements are supposed to point voters toward candidates who have similar ideological outlooks and policy ideas, according to campus public policy professor Dan Lindheim. In Berkeley, where the political spectrum ranges from moderate Democrat to radical liberal, public figures’ stances do not vary much on topics such as education, health and public safety.
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