Two-Term Mayor and Civil Rights Leader Joins Growing List of Supporters Backing Councilmember’s Mayoral Bid


(Berkeley, CA) – Today, former Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport endorsed Councilmember Jesse Arreguin’s 2016 mayoral campaign. Newport served as Mayor of Berkeley from 1979 to 1986.

“Berkeley has a choice to make about what its future will look like, and in the race for Mayor, there’s a clear difference between the candidates,” said Mayor Newport. “Councilmember Jesse Arreguin is the only candidate with a real record of progressive results and the only candidate who can unite people from every corner of this city to make real progress for Berkeley. Jesse is a person of integrity and he will move this city into the future while honoring its progressive traditions.”

During Mayor Newport’s two terms, Berkeley became an international leader on social justice. Mayor Newport served on the U.S. Conference of Mayors advisory board and chaired its subcommittee on education and employment, and also served on the U.N Committee Against Apartheid. More recently, he led the Institute of Community Economics, and served on the advisory board overseeing planning for post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans. He is currently a member of the leadership committee for the National Council of Elders, which is comprised of leaders 65 and older who played major roles in the civil rights, environmental, and labor movements during the 20th Century.

“It is an immense honor to earn Mayor Newport’s endorsement,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “Like Mayor Newport, I believe Berkeley works best when it works for everyone. As Mayor, I will fight every day to ensure Berkeley remains the diverse and vibrant place it has been for so long. That means tackling the affordability crisis and leveling the playing field in health, housing, economic, and educational opportunity. I look forward to working with Mayor Newport in the months and years ahead to make Berkeley work for everyone.”

Mayor Gus Newport joins a growing list of elected officials and community leaders backing Arreguin’s campaign for Mayor, including 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.