Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Gay Berkeley councilman concedes race

Longtime Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore conceded his race this week, and will leave the post next month after 12 years.

(Berkeley Councilman Darryl Moore. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(Berkeley Councilman Darryl Moore. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Moore, a gay African-American man, lost to challenger Cheryl Davila, 48.75 to 51.25 percent after three rounds of ranked-choice voting. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters issued its unofficial tally Friday, November 18 and until then, the margin between Davila and Moore had been hovering between 42 and 89 votes, he said in a statement, making the race too close to call.

Moore said he called Davila Monday, November 21 to congratulate her on her victory.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of Council District 2 and the city of Berkeley, a vibrant community of neighborhoods and engaged residents,” Moore stated. “I am proud of my leadership during my time on the council and wish the new council and mayor good luck as they tackle the challenges of our city.”

In addition to Davila, Ben Bartlett and Sophie Hahn were elected as new councilmembers. Berkeley Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguin, a straight ally, will become the city’s youngest mayor, at age 32, and its first Latino mayor when he is sworn in next month.

Davila has some history with Moore. He had appointed her to a city commission and then clashed with her last fall when she called for the city to divest from Israel due to its treatment of Palestinians. He maintained his objection to Davila’s measure stemmed from his belief it was not the right commission to address the topic.

In his statement, Moore said that he will continue his position as a senior management analyst with the Oakland Housing Authority, where he has worked for many years. His future plans for public service are still unclear.

“Serving my community has always been something that has brought me a great deal of satisfaction,” he said in the statement. “I’m very proud of my work on the Berkeley City Council. I plan to take a bit of time to decide where my skills and talents could be utilized to best benefit my community.”

On the council, Moore worked on providing affordable housing, improving academic opportunities, ensuring public safety, advancing Berkeley’s Climate Action goals, and establishing the city as a job creator. His work on the council has been focused on collaborating with his colleagues, the private sector, and the community, according to his statement.

The City Council continues to have out members Kriss Worthington and Lori Droste on it. Moore, outgoing Mayor Tom Bates, and other departing councilmembers will be thanked for their service at the council’s meeting Tuesday, November 29.

Moore, who was the first out African-American elected to office when he won a seat on the Peralta Community College board in 2000, currently serves as board chair of the National Black Justice Coalition.

— Cynthia Laird, November 23, 2016 @ 11:11 am PST
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