Two-Term Councilman Running to Make Berkeley Work for Everyone


October 22, 2015

(Berkeley, CA) – Today two-term Berkeley City Councilmember and longtime community leader Jesse Arreguin announced he will be a candidate for Berkeley Mayor in the November 2016 election. Councilmember Arreguin launched his candidacy with an email to supporters this morning and with a new campaign website at

“We need a Berkeley that works for everyone,” said Councilmember Arreguin. “That’s why I’m running for Mayor. As I’ve done on the City Council and throughout my career, I’ll bring our city together and get results, so Berkeley moves forward and carries on our tradition of strong progressive leadership.”

Arreguin cited the affordability crisis as the number one challenge facing the next Mayor.

“We must ensure Berkeley remains a diverse and vibrant city,” said Arreguin, “That means protecting and expanding affordable housing and fighting displacement. It also means tackling health, economic, and educational disparities, so everyone in Berkeley has the opportunity to succeed.”

Arreguin is also running on a platform of modernizing city government and making Berkeley’s public services more innovative and efficient.

“For such a forward-thinking community, the technologies our City uses to serve the public are incredibly out of date,” said Arreguin. “Our core services - from fire and police response to permitting and pothole repair - could be made much more responsive and efficient. But it’s going require some fresh thinking and a Mayor who embraces the future.”

Arreguin will kick off his campaign for Mayor with a crowd of supporters on Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm []

“I’m looking forward to the campaign,” said Arreguin, “And to engaging in conversation with residents in every corner of Berkeley about the kind of future we want for our city.”