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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization BoardCandidate for Commissioner

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James Chang

Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner
32,541 votes (19.54%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to Protect Berkeley tenants through increased legal aid funding
  • Expand rent board outreach to the students, seniors, and those who are most likely to get taken advantage of.
  • Support Prop 10 and make sure more units become under rent control



Profession:Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner
Chief of Staff/ Legislative Aide, City of Berkeley (2018–current)
Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board — Elected position (2014–current)
Commissioner, Zero Waste — Appointed position (2017–2018)
Cmmissioner, Arts — Appointed position (2014–2014)
Commissioner, Housing Advisory — Appointed position (2014–2014)
Student Trustee, Ventura County Community College District (Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura College) — Elected position (2010–2011)


UC Berkeley Bachelors, Political Economy & Chinese (2013)


James Chang is a Commissioner on the Berkeley Rent Board where he currently Chairs the Outreach Committee, serves on the Budget & Personnel Committee and is a senior member on the Eviction & Section 8 Committee. Professionally, he serves as a Legislative Aide at the City of Berkeley. Politically, he is the Vice President of Finance for an East Bay Young Political Organization, and Secretary for the East Bay Stonewall Political Organization that does LGBTQ advocacy in the Bay Area. Previously, James Chang graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a dual bachelor’s degree in political economy and Chinese. James also previously served as the former Student Trustee for Ventura County Community Colleges that represents Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura College. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • California Young Democrats
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • Wellstone Democratic Club
  • Berkeley Democratic Club
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • California Democratic Party

Elected Officials (5)

  • CA State Senator Ben Allan
  • Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin
  • CA State Assebmlymember Tony Thurmond
  • CA State Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • CA State Senator Nancy Skinner

Individuals (1)

  • CA Controller Betty Yee

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