The Berkeley Rent Board Convention to choose a progressive slate for election to the Rent Stabilization Board is a unique Berkeley tradition. Every two years, numerous community leaders and tenant activists come together to create a gathering whereby tenants and their allies select the most qualified candidates to represent the progressive agenda as elected Rent Board Commissioners.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2022 Berkeley Rent Board Convention will take place on Wednesday, June 29 from 7-9PM via Zoom. Voting will then take place online (with paper ballots available for those without internet access) through Friday, July 15. Confirmed sponsors of this year’s convention include the Berkeley Tenants Union, Friends of Adeline, the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, the Young Democratic Socialists of America – UC Berkeley, Our Revolution East Bay, Healthy Black Families, Berkeley Citizens Action, the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, the Gray Panthers, the Green Party, SEIU 1021, the Center for Independent Living, and the new Berkeley Progressive Alliance.
This year, there will be FIVE seats up for election. Any Berkeley resident at least thirteen years old (including college/university students, unhoused residents, and non-citizens and other persons ineligible to register to vote) who fully support tenants’ rights may vote in the Convention. Per law, candidates for the Rent Board must be registered to vote in Berkeley.
Persons interested in running must complete the candidate questionnaire – located at bit.ly/2022CandidatePacket – by Sunday, May 22. Screening by representatives of the organizations sponsoring the Convention will occur 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! Anyone registered to vote in Berkeley (including students) is eligible to run.
For more info, please see: https://berkeleytenantsconvention.net/