Premiere Environmental Group Joins Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party, and Major Labor Leaders in Supporting Councilman’s Campaign

September 21, 2016

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Berkeley Mayor has been endorsed by the Sierra Club.

"Jesse Arreguin is the environmental leader Berkeley needs as its next Mayor,” said Becky Evans, Chair of the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter. “On the City Council, Jesse has worked tirelessly and effectively to expand alternative energy, increase green building standards, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As Mayor, Jesse Arreguin will continue Berkeley's long and proud tradition of environmental leadership. The Sierra Club enthusiastically endorses him."

“I am deeply honored to have received the endorsement of the Sierra Club,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “Protecting our environment for future generations has long been one of my most passionate commitments. On the Rent Board, Planning Commission, and City Council, I have always sought to do all that I can to uphold Berkeley’s environmental legacy. As Mayor, it will be my duty to ensure a more sustainable future for everyone in our city.”

“With Jesse Arreguin now receiving endorsements from Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party, Sierra Club, and the overwhelmingly majority of labor, the state of this race is clear,” said Arreguin’s campaign consultant, Noah Finneburgh of RALLY Campaigns. “Jesse Arreguin has scored a clean sweep of the major progressive endorsements and is now the clear consensus choice for Mayor of Berkeley. “

The Sierra Club 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 Alameda County Democratic Party, 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.