KPFA Election Results

Meet Your New KPFA Local Station Board Members
from United For Community Radio’s slate

(For complete results, click here)

Thank you to the United for Community Radio community and the many KPFA members who held events, distributed literature, posted on social media, endorsed and voted for our candidates. We look forward to working with you to expand and strengthen our independent KPFA and Pacifica radio network.  The new members will be seated at the January meeting of the Local Station Board.

Akio Tanaka

Akio Tanaka

Akio Tanaka—Listener Representative

I first encountered Pacifica in 1970 t the height of the Vietnam War, an amazing new station came on the air broadcasting anti-war progressive voices. It was exhilarating and at the time a somber experience because the station was bombed off the air shortly after it began its broadcast, but it crystallized for me why Pacifica needs to survive.  Read more.


Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley—Listener Representative

I want KPFA to cover YOUR interests: on the radio; on the community calendar; on podcasts and on website videos, I advocate for dependable reporting of people’s responses to political, economic and environmental challenges, discrimination and militarized violence; and for drama, comedy, and enlivening music that heals our souls.  Read more.



T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs—Listener Representative

I am an educator, musician, and long time social activist, involved in community/non-profit media for over 30 years.   My various forms of organizing and cultural work have proven to me that media is the crucial battleground for providing information and framing issues that determines a societys political direction.  I am a founder of TRNN-TheRealNews Network (, and on the Board of Advisers of   Read more.


Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees,— Listener Representative

My primary focus will be rebuilding KPFA and all five Pacifica stations news departments back to their former award-winning national and international investigative news reporting on critical progressive issues. Presently, the three remaining Pacifica news departments depend mostly on a single commercial news feed read over the air, which discourages continuing listeners and new subscribing members. Read more.

Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer — Staff Representative
(Lisa replaces Josiah Alderete who is unable to serve.  Her seat is still unofficial.  She joins Sabrina Jacobs in serving as an independent staff representative.)

I would like to see KPFA be the community radio station it was meant to be.  One where there is actual respect and cooperation between the staff and the listeners so that we are living the mission of democracy that we preach.  And I would like to see KPFA expand it’s audience which is absolutely necessary if we are to survive by hiring a development/marketing director who will expand our audience and bring in some much needed grants for invaluable programs like the Apprenticeship program.  Read more.


Mail Ballots Now for Sept. 30 Deadline

Vote On Line:  Check your e-mail for a pin and link to vote electronically.  Many of us got those on Sept. 13 around 2 pm from “TrueBallot, Inc.”

Mail your Ballot by Monday to be sure it reaches the Ballot Collection site.

Come to KPFA on Friday, September 30 (only on that day), to drop off your ballot or to vote from a computer at the station.  1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley.

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On-Air Candidate Forums

resilienceNine of the candidates running for the KPFA local board spoke to listeners directly during a series of hour-long programs which aired at 7 pm over three days.  These forums provide a deeper look at each candidate, allow you to assess the positions they espouse and provide information you may not know about the station and its parent, The Pacifica Foundation.

The links below show which candidates spoke on which evening with their slate identifications.

Tuesday Sept. 6  Marilla Arguelles UCR, Carol Travis SK, Chris Cory SK 

Wednesday Sept. 7  Carol Wolfley UCR, Aki Tanaka UCR, Craig Williams SK

Thurs. Sept. 8  TM Scruggs UCR, Ramsés Teón-Nichols UCR, Tom Voorhees UCR

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No Ballot? Request a Replacement



If you haven’t received a ballot yet, it’s unlikely to get one UNLESS you request a replacement ballot.  It’s not difficult.  Every thing you need to know is below.  Please take the time, protect your right to vote and support our candidates.

From: “Local Election Supervisor-KPFA Earl Johnson” <>
Date: August 30, 2016
If you are requesting a replacement ballot, please be sure to include your email, phone number and mailing address, [and send to the e-mail address above.]
If you did not receive a ballot and think you are an eligible voting member, please include your eligibility information (proof of membership or staff hours) along with your name, mailing address and phone number.  Please specify if you prefer to vote online or wish for us to mail you a paper ballot, which will take longer to receive.
If you are requesting a candidate pamphlet please note, the printed candidate pamphlet only includes the 200 word statements provided by the candidates.  You can find more complete information online at including up to 500 word statements, answers to the optional questionnaire and candidate audio files.  If you still wish to receive a printed copy of the candidate pamphlet, please include your mailing address.
Please think greenly in your choice of digital verses paper ballots and pamphlets as well as the cost to KPFA for printing and postage.