2012 Election Viewing Parties with Berkeley Mayoral Candidates

Two major election viewing parties were held by Berkeley mayoral candidates November 6. These parties consist mainly of people standing around, eating and drinking, and checking screens for the slow release of local election results. Incumbent Tom Bates won the mayoral election.

City election endorsements have lost significance, some say

Every election season, endorsements play a vital role in helping candidates gain exposure for the issues they support, but this year, some say Berkeley’s endorsements have lost part of their significance. Endorsements from political groups, individuals and other organizations are said to establish a link between the values shared by
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All against one

CITY AFFAIRS: Most of the opponents to Mayor Tom Bates in this election are focusing too much of their attention on attacking the incumbent.

So far, this year’s race for Berkeley mayor seems to be composed of two parties: Tom Bates and everyone else. As a 10-year incumbent, Bates is an easy target for the other candidates. But opponents are placing too much emphasis on criticizing his record when voters really need to see
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