The Berkeley Democratic Club today indicated that it made an incorrect statement indicating that former Mayor Shirley Dean had endorsed incumbent Councilmember Gordon Wozniak for City Council District 8. Ms. Dean has not endorsed Mr. Wozniak and has, in fact, endorsed his two opponents.
The statement was contained in the BDC’s four-page newsletter, the “Berkeley Democrat” that was recently distributed citywide to Democratic households.
“The Berkeley Democratic Club sincerely regrets the error and offers a public apology to Ms Dean who we have supported many times in her races for Council and Mayor. Mr. Wozniak did not have an opportunity to review and approve the text prior to publication which would have certainly caught the error” said Club Co-President Ms. Shireen Burns. “We plan to send a supplemental notice to households in District 8 to correct the misstatement as well as alert the local media.”
With over 300 members, the BDC was chartered in 1934 and is one of the largest democratic clubs in Alameda County. At its September 2, 2010 meeting, the BDC membership voted to endorse Mr. Wozniak for the District 8 seat.