Piedmont Exedra 2022 election coverage

Here’s what to expect from us in the run-up to Nov. 8. Look for Exedra’s candidate interviews in the coming week.

Early and mail-in voting for the Nov. 8 election starts on Oct. 10. While 2022 is a midterm election and there’s not a lot on the ballot, Piedmont does have two contested local elections for City Council and Board of Education. There are six candidates running for three spots on the council and three candidates competing for two open spots on the school board.

Piedmont voters will also be weighing in on Alameda County District Attorney; EBMUD Director for Ward 3; Peralta Community College District Trustee, Area 5; and AC Transit District At-Large.

Here’s how we plan to cover the campaigns and election day results:

Candidate questionnaires:

We will be sending each candidate running for School Board and City Council a set of questions to answer, similar to what we did in the 2020 election. (You can see our coverage of that year HERE and HERE.) We hope to publish responses next week. 

Endorsements:

The Exedra does not endorse candidates. We may post a list of community endorsements for each candidate as part of the candidate profile/questionnaire process. 

Letters to the Editor

We publish opinion pieces at our discretion. We welcome LTEs in support of candidates or related to issues on the ballot, but we ask that they be no more than 200 words or so. Opinion pieces must be fact-based and we ask that links to supporting evidence be included if citing data or other relevant background. 

We send weekly bulletins on Tuesdays and Fridays and will publish a few each week as they come in. (Please make sure we receive them by noon on Tuesday and Friday; send to news@piedmontexedra.com)

(If you are interested in seeing how other outlets cover local elections, Berkeleyside/Oaklandside, for example, is limiting LTEs to *one* per campaign and are only selecting the most compelling ones to post by Oct. 10.)

Candidate forums and other information resources

We believe the League of Women Voters — a trusted, national, nonpartisan grassroots organization founded more than 100 years ago — is the gold standard for election forums and have highlighted their upcoming candidate forums on our website.

Residents can meet and hear from candidates at community events in coming weeks, including the Cops and Cars Show, PUSD parent club meetings, school support groups, and other community organizations.

We will not be running any campaign ads or other campaign-related material on our site. 

Election day and night

We will post information about polling places and voting prior to Nov. 8. Early and mail-in voting begins on Oct. 10. 

We will update our site on election night as soon as Alameda County posts results.

A final note

While we strive to cover everyone in the community and to present diverse voices on civic issues and local news, we reserve the right to pass on submissions (comments, op-eds, surveys, links to websites) that are anonymous or do not clearly identify their authorship.

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