Longtime State and Local Leader Joins Expanding List of Endorsers Backing Councilman’s Campaign


(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who represented the East Bay’s former 16th Assembly District from 2006 to 2012.

“I am very happy to give my endorsement and full support to Jesse Arreguin in his campaign for Mayor,” said Swanson. “He is a visionary leader who will be a great Mayor of Berkeley. Now, more than ever, Berkeley needs a Mayor who will fight to make the city work for all of its residents and improve the quality of life for the entire city. That’s Jesse Arreguin.”

“I am deeply honored by Assemblymember Swanson’s endorsement,” said Councilmember Arreguin. “He is a principled leader who has never been afraid to stand up for what is right. His record of fighting for working people and at-risk youth is an inspiration, and I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead on behalf of all of the people of Berkeley.”

Sandré R. Swanson served three successful terms in the State Assembly. He was Chair of the Assembly Labor & Employment Committee, where he fought to grow the middle class with sustainable jobs. Assemblymember Swanson is passionate about the plight of at-risk youth. His work in the Assembly is widely used by the State of California today in its strategies for helping young people. In recognition of this work, Swanson was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama in 2014 and was requested to participate in the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

Swanson joins an expanding list of elected officials and community leaders backing Arreguin’s campaign for Mayor, including 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.