7 Candidates have expressed their interest in running for rent board

 

The 2018 Rent Board Convention is takes place on Sunday April 22, at the Sports Basement in Berkeley starting at 1:30. We, the planning committee, are actively recruiting potential Rent Board candidates who will commit to running with a “slate” chosen at the Convention in the November general election.  Seven (7)  candidates have expressed their interest in running.  The screening process took place on April 7, 2018.  Below are the results by screeners that interviewed the different candidates.  While screeners were invited to participate due to their membership of organizations, the comments are not endorsements of the organizations and are only provided for informational purposes.

 

Screeners
Julia Cato, BTU Jesse Townley, Green Party Betsey Morris, Gray Panthers Harriet Steele, PSA
Candidates
Stephan Elgstrand Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Recommend Highly Recommend
Christine Schwartz Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable Not Acceptable
Paola Laverde Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend
Maria Poblet Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Recommend
John Selawsky Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Acceptable Acceptable
James Chang Recommend Highly Recommend Recommend Recommend
Soli Alpert Acceptable Acceptable Highly Recommend Acceptable
Screeners Alfred Twu, East Bay Young Dems Matthew Lewis, CALServe Fred Dodsworth, BCA Varsha Sarveshwar, Cal Democrates
 
Stephan Elgstrand Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Recommended
Christine Schwartz Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable Acceptable
Paola Laverde Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend
Maria Poblet Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Recommend
John Selawsky Recommend Highly Recommend Highly Recommend Recommend
James Chang Recommend Recommend Recommend Recommend
Soli Alpert Recommend Acceptable Acceptable Highly Recommend
Organizations are listed for informational purposes and are not intended as endorsements
Luis Amezcua
 Latino Young Democrats of the East Bay
Stephan Elgstrand Recommend
Christine Schwartz Acceptable
Paola Laverde Highly Recommend
Maria Poblet Highly Recommend
John Selawsky Highly Recommend
James Chang Highly Recommend
Soli Alpert Recommend

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Qualifications: a registered voter in Berkeley. Some commitment to, and knowledge of, rent control and tenants’ rights is desirable. Ability to meet at least once monthly on the nine-member Rent Board and 2-4 times monthly on smaller Committees. And the ability and willingness to run a strong, labor- and time-intensive campaign for election in November.

We are seeking diversity in our potential candidate pool: students, seniors, people-of-color, disabled, women.

Contact Us as soon as possible if interested. There is a screening process as well as the Convention itself. Download and return the questionnaire linked below by April 5th.

Interested in running? Download the questionnaire here: 2016 Rent Board Convention Questions
Candidate Responses Are Posted Here.

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