Voter's Edge California Voter Guide
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
California Common Cause@CommonCauseCA
November 8, 2016 — California General Election
We depend on your support.
Share your knowledge

Text VOTE to 52000 to donate $10.

Do you feel better informed having used Voter's Edge?

Help us inform other voters.


City of BerkeleyCandidate for Mayor

Photo of Naomi D. Pete

Naomi D. Pete

Retired Assistant Administrator
0 votes (0.6%)
Use tab to activate the candidate button. Use "return" to select this candidate. You can access your list by navigating to 'My Choices'.
For more in-depth information on this candidate, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.
Candidate has provided information.
Thank candidate for sharing their information on Voter's Edge.

My Top 3 Priorities

  • Berkeley's Seniors Concerns
  • Addressing Mental and Homelessne
  • Fair Housing



Profession:Retired Assistant Administrator
Assistant Administrator, The Milton and Della Pete Residential Board and Care Facility/For Developmentally Disabled Adults and Elderly (1972–2000)
Teletype Operator, Western Union (1961–1971)


SanJose State Univ and San Jose City College none, Business Management (1961)
Berkeley High School, Berkeley California High School Diploma, Business (1958)

Community Activities

Member, Black Baptist Church located in Bay Area (1945–current)


Born in Pittsburg, Texas, second child born to Milton and Della Pete. Parents brought my brother (who is deceased Jan 2014) and me to California at a early age. I was three. Lived few years in Oakland California. We moved to Berkeley California in 1952. My parents liked the Berkeley school system. Attended all of Berkeley public schools, graduated from Berkeley High at the age of 17. Had some college experience, even though I never finished any college to earn a degree, I did go  to work over the years. I was a Teletypist for a Telegraph Co for 10 years, and worked for my parents as Assistant Administrator at my parents owned and operated Residential Care Facility, named The Pete Residential Board and Care Home. My mother was the main force behind the operating of the facility, she was a LVN. My dad also was a main force, because he was a carpenter, he saw that the place was build to standard, and also took part being administrator together with my mother. At first the facility cared for the Elderly, then it went to caring for Developmentally Disabled Adult Clients. I worked there for about 28 years,1972 - 2000. I have never held a public office , but ran for Berkeley City Council 1979 and 1984. Ran for Mayor in Berkeley 1982 and 1986. Now here I am again running in 2016. I have no big name endorsers, nor any big contributions. What little money I did receive, I spent it downtown Berkeley at local printing shop. The people, who were kind enough to me to sign so I could qualify for the ballot is who I owe graditude to. Making Berkley the Best City iin the State of California and the USA is my goal.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • None

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (4)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Naomi D. Pete:

I would like to see Berkeley have a better image. We should want this city to welcome visitors in a way that they will want to visit Berkeley over and over.  We must protect and respect our Seniors , and all our Berkeley citizens. And we must be concerned about what Seniors want for the city. Berkeley young people should be a part of making the policies for their City. I want all of Berkeley areas to be recognized, not just downtown Berkeley. Pending issues should be taken care of quickly, and issues that are not working for the City should be left alone. I want to be on good terms with our police department, hoping to achieve, by working together, create a strong bond. Therefore, not causing confusion, and unkindness between all of us. A Mayor should set the tone, not only with their personality, which should be uplifting, and encouraging, but also respectful. The Best for Berkeley is what we need now.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the city?
Answer from Naomi D. Pete:

Mental and Homelessness in the streets of Berkeley. I say this, because, mental people are approaching other people on the streets, some all at once. Some people hollering at other people like themselves, or hollering at the wind. Quite frightning. I understand that people are being sent to Berkeley from other cities, when those cities should be taking care of the problem themselves. I feel for little children, who have to see all of these things. I be wondering how they feel. Surely, this City needs to really put their heads together on this issue.

How do you plan to balance the regional Planned Bay Area (ABAG/MTC) goals of Priority Development Areas (PDAs) with local needs of property owners, traffic/parking/congestion problems, and other local concerns?
Answer from Naomi D. Pete:

I dont"t know much about this issue. All I can say is that, I hope there would be fair dealing here. Because all of the City and it"s residents are part of these things. Not just special interest for a few. With good, fair, dealings and respectfulness, I am sure there is a solutions for this issue.

Considering the disintegration of local infrastructure, how can the city upgrade to meet the current regulatory requirements for clean air and for clean water discharge into the Bay?
Answer from Naomi D. Pete:

I don't know. I am not familiar with this issue, even though, I am reading upon it, so I can understand what does anybody who knows more about this would recommend what to do.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I think the public officials should be responsible and respectful servants. Working together with kindness toward not only each other, but other departments that make up the city profile. Being concerned for all of the city not just part of the city. Helping residents and citizens if we can help. I believe in voting and everybody should take part in voting. You should always vote your own conscience, and what relates and work best for you with different issues. Other people should run for office, like me, an outsider, a woman, and I just happen to be a Black American/African American woman. More woman like me should run, especially you younger ones. Good images are good for making a healthy city. Politicians should be good images not a burden or disgrace to the city.

Candidate Contact Info

Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.