Lori Droste Edges to a 16-Vote Win in Berkeley Council Race


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According to the final results (although still unofficial), Lori Droste has won the Berkeley City Council District Eight contest, defeating George Beier by sixteen votes in ranked-choice balloting. Droste finished with 50.19 percent compared to Beier's 49.81 percent, in what turned out to be the closest election contest in the East Bay this year.

Droste ended up with 2,072 votes compared to Beier's 2,056. Droste also received the most first-place votes. She will take over for Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, who is retiring.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has finished counting all the ballots in this year's election. But it has yet to officially certify the results. Under state law, it must do so by December 2. Countywide voter turnout was 45.04 percent.

Council District 8: (first-place votes only)
Lori Droste: 29.15%
George Beier: 26.46%
Mike Alvarez Cohen: 25.80%
Jacquelyn McCormick: 18.41%

Council District 8 (ranked-choice voting)
Lori Droste: 2,072 votes; 50.19%
George Beier: 2,056 votes; 49.81%