Last night was bittersweet.
The people of Berkeley have spoken in an historic election, and I am humbled beyond words by the trust the people of this great city have placed in me. And I am overjoyed to be your next Mayor.
I am incredibly proud of the campaign we have run and want to thank everyone who made this possible.
To everyone who generously donated to our campaign, made phone calls, walked precincts, put up signs, and helped spread the word.
To those who endorsed us—from Senator Bernie Sanders, to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, to former Mayors Shirley Dean and Gus Newport, and so many others.
To our incredible staff, Jac, Rebecca, Brandi, Stefan, and so many others who worked their hearts out.
This is your victory, and you should all be proud of the campaign we ran. I will never forget what you have done in this election.
I also want to congratulate all the other candidates who ran in this race and the other races in Berkeley. Running for political office is an incredibly hard, humbling experience, and I know that all my fellow candidates put their names forward because they love this city and believe in public service. So thank you to everyone who participated in this beautiful, messy, democratic process. It has been quite an experience.
Now, while we celebrated a great progressive victory in Berkeley last night, and across much of our state, our nation has taken a very dark turn. Many of us are still in shock by the presidential election and likely will be for quite some time.
I can promise you this. As Mayor of Berkeley, I will always, always, fight for our shared progressive values and continue to carry the torch of this wonderfully progressive, trailblazing city. Perhaps in some small part, our city can be a local beacon in this national darkness.
Throughout this campaign we have talked about making Berkeley work for everyone. And that will be the mission I will carry forward as your Mayor.
Together, let’s build more affordable housing so our working families don’t get pushed out of our great city. Let’s raise the minimum wage to a truly living wage, so that nobody who works full time in Berkeley lives in poverty. Let us continue Berkeley’s trailblazing environmental leadership, to protect our air, our water, and our open spaces. Let us do all that we can to close those widening gaps in health, education, and economic opportunity, so that every child born in Berkeley, every family who lives here or decides to move here can get a fair shot at reaching for their dreams.
Today we are celebrating a great victory, but soon the hard work begins. And I can’t wait to get started, with you by my side.
With profound gratitude,
Mayor-Elect Jesse Arreguin