The Berkeley race for mayor has been spiced up by the late entrance of City Councilmember Kriss Worthington and the unknown impact of the first Berkeley use of ranked choice voting.
Worthington’s theme, “It’s Time,” is usually followed by a list of what he proposes to do as mayor. Invariably he mentions his plans for “Day One.”
On his first day in office, he plans to reform City Council meetings by putting hot topics on a separate night in a bigger rooms and appointing more Asians, African Americans and Latinos to serve on city boards and commissions than have ever served in the past decade.
For many years, Worthington volunteered with East Bay groups like the Telegraph Area Association, Berkeley Safe Neighborhood Committee, LeConte Neighborhood Association, East Bay NOW, Berkeley Branch NAACP and the Sierra Club.
In 1996, he was elected to the Berkeley City Council. In 16 years he never missed a regular Council meeting and achieved a 98 percent success rate at getting City Council items adopted.
Worthington has earned a reputation as a progressive pro-tenant stalwart. Nonetheless, he sponsors many policies on common sense issues such as public safety, veterans, economic development and fiscal responsibility.
Three mayoral candidates share the same office space at 1515 University Ave. in Berkeley Besides Worthington, they are Jacquelyne McCormick and Khalil Jacobs Fantauzzi.
The candidates are holding a pre-election party from 6 p.m. to 8 pm on Friday, Nov. 2.
In a crowded field of six candidates, it remains to be seen what will be the impact of ranked choice voting. Worthington encourages voters to use all three choices by ranking three favorites out of the six candidates.
“Vote for three and please include me,” said Worthington.