Ma Joins Expanding List of State and Local Leaders Backing Councilman’s Bid

(Berkeley, CA) – Today, Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin announced that his campaign for Mayor has been endorsed by California State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA.  

“Jesse Arreguin will bring his progressive record and vision to the Mayor’s office.” said Ma. “He’s already helping to increase affordable housing, revitalize Downtown, and make Berkeley a more vibrant, and environmentally sustainable city. He will bring new energy and effective leadership to the job of Mayor, so Berkeley works better for everyone.”

“I am thrilled to receive Fiona Ma’s endorsement,” said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin. “We are lucky to have her strong, progressive leadership on the Board of Equalization, ensuring a more fair, progressive taxation policy for all Californians. I look forward to partnering with her in the months and years ahead on crucial issues impacting Berkeley families.”

Fiona Ma joins a growing list of state and local elected officials and community leaders backing Arreguin’s campaign for Berkeley Mayor, including California State Controller Betty Yee, former California State Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, 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.

Fiona Ma represents more than nine million Californians on the California State Board of Equalization, which brings in more than 30% of all state revenue, to fund schools, roads, and other vital services. As one of the few Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to have ever served on the Board, Ma understands the challenges businesses and taxpayers face. Before her time on the Board of Equalization, Ma served as Speaker Pro Tem in the California State Assembly and as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.