Councilmember Laurie Capitelli files for mayoral candidacy

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With one candidate already declared, Councilmember Laurie Capitelli filed a statement of organization Monday that officially began his bid for mayor of Berkeley in 2016.

Capitelli represents District 5, which covers the city’s northeast region, and has also held positions on the city’s Planning Commission and Zoning Adjustments Board prior to his election to City Council.

He has yet to publicly announce his candidacy or release campaign platforms.

In late October, District 4 Councilmember Jesse Arreguin became the first to file his intent to run for mayor. He recently announced several key campaign platforms, which include increasing affordability of housing and raising the city’s minimum wage.

The seat that Arreguin and Capitelli are vying for is currently held by Mayor Tom Bates, who was elected as mayor in 2002. Bates has stated that he will not run for re-election in 2016.

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