1 million member national grassroots group joins Bernie Sanders and other major progressive, environmental, and labor leaders in backing councilman’s bid

September 22, 2016

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Berkeley Mayor has been endorsed by Democracy for America (DFA), the member-driven, people-powered political action committee founded by former presidential candidate and DNC chair Gov. Howard Dean.

DFA has more than 269,000 members in California and one million members nationwide committed to electing progressives up-and-down the ballot and battling income inequality, structural racism, and money’s outsized role in our politics.

“Democracy for America supports candidates who have a history of making real progressive change happen. And that’s why we are endorsing Jesse Arreguin for Berkeley Mayor,” said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. “On the City Council, Jesse has been a tireless and effective leader who has helped deliver more affordable housing and raised the minimum wage. He is the only candidate for Berkeley Mayor who is committed to carrying on Berkeley’s progressive traditions. We know he will make Berkeley work for everyone.”

DFA’s endorsement of Arreguin brings with it a one-million member-strong grassroots army that has knocked hundreds of thousands of doors, made over 11.1 million phone calls, and raised and contributed more than $36.6 million to help elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide since 2004.

“I am incredibly honored to earn the endorsement of Democracy for America,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “The work being done by DFA in all 50 states is critical to ensuring we make governments at all levels—local, state, and federal—work better for all people, not just those at the top. As Mayor, it will be my mission to make this city a place where everyone has the opportunity to learn, get ahead, and thrive.”

DFA joins a long and growing list of national, state, local, and community leaders and organizations backing Arreguin’s campaign, including United States Senator Bernie Sanders, the Sierra Club, the Alameda County Democratic Party, the California Nurses Association, the Alameda Labor Council, SEIU Local 1021, National Healthcare Workers Union, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, actor and activist Danny Glover, the United Farm Workers, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, East Bay Young Democrats, California State Controller Betty Yee, State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, former Berkeley Mayors Shirley Dean and 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.