Incumbent Jenny Wong has won the race for Berkeley city auditor with 10,388 votes as of 10:47 p.m. Tuesday with 100% of precincts accounted for.
First elected to the city auditor position in 2018, Wong ran unopposed during the most recent electoral race. Her current platform centers around continuing the work from her previous term while also facilitating audits of houselessness, city government staff retention and Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board. Wong noted that her priority is to increase transparency and accountability within Berkeley political spaces by way of evaluatory measures.
“Looking back, I’m really happy with some of the accomplishments we’ve been able to get done in my office,” Wong said. “I’m issuing impactful audits on Berkeley streets and issuing reports on the financial conditions of Berkeley. We’re making a dashboard to track audit recommendations to improve transparency.”
In addition to releasing general audits such as the one examining city streets and Berkeley’s lack of infrastructure funding, Wong noted that her work also seeks to serve UC Berkeley students; Wong herself is a campus alumna. She encouraged students to learn more about the city auditor position and asked that they provide her office with tips on issues they find within the city.
Emphasizing the importance of holding government officials accountable through both city audits and community involvement, Wong added that her office’s work not only increases the probability that improvements are made but also ensures that taxpayer dollars are utilized efficiently.
Wong received endorsements from organizations such as the Berkeley Democratic Club, Latine Young Democrats of the East Bay, Our Revolution East Bay and the East Bay Young Democrats. Wong was also endorsed by elected officials such as California State Sen. Nancy Skinner, State Assembly member Buffy Wicks, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and former Berkeley city auditors Ann Hogan and Anna Rabkin.
“I’m hoping that voters like what they saw during my last term and know that I will be an independent auditor that has the interests of all Berkeley residents in mind,” Wong said.
In reference to the city auditor’s office, Wong noted that the work she and her staff does is meant to ensure that issues facing the city are addressed and resolved effectively and equitably.
Wong said she has no plans to take time off following her reelection. According to Wong, it is “business as usual” as she continues to make strides in increasing transparency within city government.
“I want to give voters a big thank you for allowing me this opportunity to serve them,” Wong said. “If there are issues, I want them to come and talk with me. Tell me what those issues are so we can do our best to address them.”