Candidate Questionnaire Deadline - Berkeley Rent Board Convention

June 15, 2020

At our January meeting, the Chapter membership approved a resolution to cosponsor and participate in the 2020 Berkeley Rent Board Convention, a biennial event in which Berkeley renters and their allies come together to select the progressive, pro-tenant slate for the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.  Among other reasons for doing so, the resolution specifically identified the opportunity to run DSA members for these seats.  We strongly encourage East Bay DSA members who are registered to vote in Berkeley to consider running at the Convention.

If you or anyone you know would potentially be interested in running for the Rent Board in November, they must complete and return the Convention candidate questionnaire by THIS MONDAY, June 15 at Noon; the questionnaire/candidate packet can be found at  Rent Board commissioners receive a $500/month stipend, subsidized health insurance, free AC Transit, and other benefits.

Additional information about the Berkeley Rent Board Convention can be found in the below blurb.  If you have any questions, please email

2020 Berkeley Rent Board Convention

Convention: Sunday, July 5, at 4:00PM - 6:00PM (online)

Voting: July 5 - July 12 (online, with paper ballots for those without internet)

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Candidate Questionnaire Due: THIS MONDAY, June 15 at NOON

Questionnaire/Candidate Packet:

Elect the progressive, pro-tenant Berkeley Rent Board slate!

Renters, Smart Landlords, and Homeowners who support tenants rights and rent control are seeking candidates for the November 2020 Rent Board election.  Confirmed sponsors of this year’s convention include the Berkeley Tenants Union, Berkeley Citizens Action, Friends of Adeline, the Grey Panthers, the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, Our Revolution East Bay, Young Democrats for Justice in Palestine - East Bay, and UAW 2865 (the UC student-workers union).

Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board plays a vital role in ensuring fair rental prices and decent living conditions. The Board serves renters and landlords alike, and is known throughout the state for the breadth and quality of its services.

This year there will be FIVE Rent Board seats on the ballot. At the convention, each aspiring commissioner will share with you his or her experience, philosophy, and goals. After everyone has spoken, we will vote.

All who support rent control and strong tenant protections are welcome to seek selection as a convention candidate!

All 2020 candidates will be vetted and chosen by the Tenants Convention taking place online on Sunday, July 5 from 4:00PM to 6:00PM,. This will be followed by online voting (or by paper ballot for those without the internet) through July 12. Knowledge of and experience with rent control, eviction protections, and other tenants issues is not mandatory, but is certainly a plus for candidates.

Screening by representatives from community groups takes place in late June (likely the week of June 22), so candidates should keep their schedule clear during this window and also get in touch as soon as possible!

The questionnaire/candidate packet can be found at, and must be completed and emailed to by Monday, June 15 at NOON; ratings will be based on the questionnaire, as well as the follow-up interview. Ratings and comments from community leaders are provided to convention voters to help guide their choices.

To vote at the Convention, you must be a Berkeley resident (including college/university students, as well as non-citizens and other persons ineligible to register to vote). To run for the Berkeley Rent Board, you must be registered to vote in Berkeley.

Anyone interested in running should contact



When: June 15, 2020, 11:59am - 12:00pm
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