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Bates Faces Challengers

Two mayoral candidates have filed campaign papers.

A business owner and civil liberties advocate plan to challenge 10-year incumbent Mayor Tom Bates, who announced his candidacy April 26.

The Daily Californian reports that Jacquelyn McCormick and Mark Schwartz have filed preliminary paperwork.

Schwarz is a longtime activist and a published poet. He told the Californian as mayor he would reduce carbon monoxide poisoning by creating a buffer plaza between Bancroft Way and Dwight Way. He would also create affordable housing for the homeless and develop solar-driven transportation from Berkeley to the city of Albany.

McCormick, a former bank manager, promotes fiscal responsibility. She is a member of Berkeley Council Watch and is engaged in an initiative that would require the city to publish a biennial report specifying its financial obligations. She is also a board member of the Claremont Elmwood Neighborhood Association.

The official filing period for candidacy nomination paper opens July 16 and ends Aug. 10.

 

Arwen June 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
This is great that Tom Bates faces challengers in the upcoming election for Mayor of Berkeley. Bates would waste precious dollars and police resources purchasing an armored tank and enforcing his proposed sit and lie law that has proved ineffective in San Francisco toward any goal of economic recovery while turning Berkeley into a police state. He has supported and proposed some of the most draconian unconstitutional ordinances to suppress and harass the youth of Berkeley while doing nothing to address the problems of its most needy including veterans, seniors, youth, disabled and the homeless. Under his leadership the City of Berkeley has been sued numerous times because Bates supports its police department and the officers without question costing the city and its tax payers millions of dollars in civil rights law suits. Bates supported the mutual aid agreement that drags Berkeley into situations where Americans only want to exercise their First Amendment rights of Free Speech and Free Expression and are found culpable when the officers of the local police department decide to beat unarmed demonstrators. Bates must go!

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