Election Eve Endorsement Gives Councilman’s Campaign a Final Shot of Momentum 

November 7, 2016

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Berkeley Mayor has been endorsed by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

“As a former Mayor myself, I am thrilled to see someone of Jesse Arreguin’s caliber step forward to lead his city,” said Lt. Governor Newsom. “Jesse Arreguin will be the effective, bold, progressive Mayor Berkeley needs right now, to tackle the affordability challenges impacting so many Bay Area cities. Jesse Arreguin has a strong record of building more housing, raising the minimum wage, and addressing homelessness. I know he will make Berkeley proud and move the city forward.”

Gavin Newsom currently serves as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California and is a candidate for Governor in the 2018 election. As Lt. Governor, Newsom is committed to economic development and job creation, improving access to higher education, and bolstering California’s environmental leadership. Previously he served as the Mayor of San Francisco and as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“I am deeply honored to earn the endorsement of our incredible Lieutenant Governor,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “I have worked with him since he was on the Board of Supervisors when he appointed me to a City Commission in San Francisco. His leadership was a large part of what inspired me to pursue public service in local government. I look forward to working with him in his current and future roles to make Berkeley and our region work better for everyone.”

Lieutenant Governor Newsom joins a long 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, Democracy for America, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, East Bay Young Democrats, East Bay Express, The Daily Californian, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bay Area Reporter, 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.