Bates to seek re-election
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
February 14, 2006
BERKELEY (BCN) - Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates announced at
a speech at City Hall today that he will run for re-election in
The next mayoral term will be for only two years, as Berkeley
voters approved a one-time format change in order to have the
mayor's race on the ballot in presidential election years, when
more voters turn out.
The term will revert to four years in 2008, when there will be
another mayoral election.
Bates, who defeated two-term former Mayor Shirley Dean in a close
race in 2002, said that in his three years in office, his administration
has provided thousands of Berkeley school children with tutors
He said Berkeley leads the nation in greenhouse gas reductions,
is a world environmental leader and has approved more than 1,400
new units of housing, including more than 500 new affordable apartments
Bates also said he and the City Council balanced the budget after
three years of what he described as "the worst budget crisis
ever to face this city."
Bates said nearly 200 elected officials and community leaders
have endorsed his re-election bid, including Congresswoman Barbara
Lee, D-Oakland, his wife, Assemblywoman and former Berkeley Mayor
Loni Hancock, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and 14 current
and former members of the City Council.
Reached at home, Dean declined to talk about Bates' announcement
or about whether she plans to run for mayor again.
"No comment," she said.
Bates' chief of staff, Cisco DeVries, said Bates hasn't decided
whether he will seek another four-year term in 2008 if he's re
elected this year.
Immediately after his announcement, Bates filed his formal "notice
of intent" to run for re-election with the City Clerk.
The notice of intent is required before any candidate for public
office can raise or spend campaign funds.
Formal filing for mayoral candidates doesn't take place until
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