On November 6, 1984, Nancy Skinner not only became the first University of California student elected to the City Council, she was the most popular candidate, finishing ahead of her BCA running mates in a massive sweep.
The effort led by students to elect one of their own, which I had helped begin in 1971, took over 13 years to find a winner in Nancy Skinner. Along the way, Rick Brown, Peter Birdsall, Lenny Goldberg, Jeff Rudolph, Guy Jones, Nancy herself, and John Brauer had all gone down to defeat. There was a time when nominating a student was considered the kiss of death for electability. Nancy erased all of that.
Councilmember Nancy Skinner would make Berkeley into a national and international leader on environmental issues.