(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


“I am so grateful for Mayor Dean’s endorsement,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “Shirley Dean left an incredible legacy after nearly 25 years of service to this city, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude. I look forward to working closely with her in the months and years ahead to make Berkeley work better for everyone.

Mayor Dean joins a growing list of state, local, and community leaders and organizations backing Arreguin’s campaign, including SEIU Local 1021, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, California State Controller Betty Yee, State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, former Berkeley Mayor and civil rights leader Gus Newport, Berkeley Councilmember Max Anderson, Berkeley Rent Board Chair Jesse Townley and a super-majority of the elected Rent Board, Emeryville Mayor Dianne Martinez, AC Transit Director Mark Williams, former Berkeley Councilmembers Ying Lee and Carole Kennerly, and former Alameda County Board of Education President Jacki Fox Ruby, among many others.