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Tom Bates


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-12 72708 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-12 59570 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-12 77238 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-12 95875 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-12 130682 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-12 91581 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-12 112136 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic AD-12 82766 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic AD-14 126317 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic AD-14 97999 Win
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Candidate Biography:

Thomas H. Bates
Born: February 9, 1938 in San Diego, CA
Married: Loni Hancock (in 1986)
Child: Casey and Jonathan 

1972-1976: Member, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
2002-Present: Mayor, City of Berkeley
????-Present: Director, The Food System Project
2008: In October 2007, a recall campaign was begun against Bates, who was "described as too conservative for the city." [Source:]

  • Bates was a member of UC Berkeley's 1959 Rose Bowl Team.
  • In February 2008, Bates was at the center of a national debate after the Berkeley City Council voted to request the closure of a Marine Corps Recruiting Station, whose recruiters were described as "uninvited and unwelcome guests" in Berkeley.

Source: California Legislature Handbook (1989)

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