Update 2/22/2023: This story has been updated to reflect Mayor Jesse Arreguín’s announcement of his candidacy for District 7’s state senator.
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín appears to be making a reach for the position of state senator of District 7 — currently called District 9 — in the upcoming 2024 elections, state records reveal.
Arreguín is the first to show interest in State Sen. Nancy Skinner’s soon-to-be vacated position, with term limits preventing her from attempting reelection, as first reported by Berkeleyside. The filings do not confirm Arreguín’s plan to run, as campaign finance records also show filings for his run for reelection as city mayor.
Arreguín has not responded to a request for comment as of press time.
While serving as Berkeley’s youngest — and first Latine — mayor in over a century since 2016, Arreguín has pioneered the implementation of “progressive policies” throughout the city, with a focus on ending houselessness, while increasing housing density and improving city infrastructure.
Prior to being mayor, Arreguín served for eight years as a city council member, during which he worked to raise minimum wage and establish tenant protections, among other initiatives, his website reads.
In a tweet Wednesday, Arreguín officially announced his candidacy for the District 7 position, claiming the district needs a senator “#AsBoldAsTheEastBay.” His campaign website describes Arreguín as one of the Bay Area’s “most respected progressive leaders.”