Out of the race

Berkeley election news: Maudelle Shirek, who’s 93 and one of the oldest elected officials in the United States (maybe the oldest in the post-Strom Thurmond era), intended to run again for the Berkeley City Council this year. But the San Franicsco Chronicle her chief aide de camp neglected to gather the required signatures on a nominating petition, and now Maudelle’s elective career is apparently history. (I’m not really shedding any tears: She doesn’t represent our district, and the rumors around town were that she was no longer up to the job and it was time for her to hang it up).

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