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Coming on the Heels of the Alameda Labor Council, CNA Endorsement Solidifies Councilman as the Labor Candidate for Mayor

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by the California Nurses Association (CNA). Founded in 1903, the CNA/National Nurses Association Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO is a premiere organization of registered nurses, and one of America’s fastest growing labor organizations, with over 86,000 members in hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies in all 50 states.

“Jesse is the clear choice for working families in this election,” said Katy Roemer, RN, VP of the California Nurses Association. “Others may talk about issues like affordable housing and increasing the minimum wage because they are running for Mayor. Jesse on the other hand is the real deal. Jesse is also working to save our community hospital, Alta Bates. The California Nurses Association is proud to endorse Jesse Arreguin to be Berkeley's next Mayor.”

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Organization Representing 100 Local Unions Says Councilmember is “the One Working Families Want in Our Corner

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which serves as an umbrella organization for more than 100 local unions, representing 100,000 workers in healthcare, transportation, education, construction, manufacturing, and service.
“Jesse Arreguin has been standing up for working families for years, and has delivered real results,” said Alameda Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Josie Camacho. “He’s helped raise the minimum wage in Berkeley and is fighting hard to raise it further. And Jesse delivered millions of dollars to build new affordable housing in our community. He’s the one working families want in our corner, fighting for us as the next Mayor of Berkeley.”

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(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by former Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean. 

“November is a watershed election, determining our beloved city's direction for years to come,” said Mayor Dean. “Jesse Arreguin has shown he listens, is honest, and brings energy and fresh ideas to solving our problems. He's my choice to be at the helm because he respects our many voices, will bring us together, and preserve our history, while allowing for needed economic and housing growth and advancing strong environmental goals. All of us must put aside the deep-seated political differences of the past if we are to find real and lasting solutions to our problems. Jesse is committed to making that happen.”   

Shirley Dean served as Mayor of Berkeley from 1994 to 2002, and before that she served on the Berkeley City Council for 15 years. During her tenure as Mayor, she helped:

  • Preserve neighborhoods and revitalize Downtown by establishing Berkeley's signature Arts and Theater District
  • Get guns off city streets, both in Berkeley and other communities, by working with Mayors across the nation
  • Improve seismic safety and preservation of historic City buildings, including the Civic Center and Main Library
  • Increase bicycle and pedestrian access, getting the Pedestrian I-8O Overpass built to connect
  • Berkeley with the McLaughlin State East Shore Park, and doing it without a new City bond issue
  • Put the homeless to work cleaning streets
  • Eliminate kill policies in the City Animal Shelter
  • Expand housing options for people of all incomes
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