Campus graduate student files intent to run for Berkeley mayor

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A campus graduate student filed his intent to run for Berkeley city mayor Friday.

Ben Gould, a graduate student in the campus departments of public policy and environmental engineering, is currently the chair of the city Community Environmental Advisory Commission.

The commission concentrates on developing strategies and making recommendations to Berkeley City Council regarding environmental protection and potentially hazardous materials.

He also is a representative on the campus’s Graduate Assembly and is a member of the body’s Budget Committee.

Gould — who was born and raised in Berkeley and attended Berkeley High School — completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego in 2013, where he studied biology and bioengineering. 

In November, Gould will be running against current City Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguin, as well as Guy “Mike” Lee and Naomi Pete.

Adrienne Shih is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @adrienneshih.