Jesse Arreguin is the mayor of Berkeley, California. He was elected in the general presidential election on November 8, 2016, to a renewable four-year term. He was sworn in as mayor on December 1, 2016.
Arreguin attended Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School and graduated in 2002. He went on to attend UC Berkeley where he studied Political science. An active part of the campus community, Arreguin was a part of the UC Democrats as well as a representative in student government. He graduated in 2007.
Prior to his election as mayor, Arreguin served as a Berkeley City Council member representing City Council District 4 beginning in 2008. He is a Democrat (although local government positions are officially nonpartisan per California state law). He was also a legislative assistant to Kriss Worthington when she was the mayor of Berkeley in 2007.
Associations with BAMN
Arreguin has represented himself on his Facebook page as a member of BAMN, a militant antifascist civil-rights group that is often associated with Antifa.Led by Shanta Driver and Yvette Felarca (who Arreguin is friends with on Facebook), BAMN has stirred controversy over the years due to their aggressive tactics on their opposition. In 2017, several violent clashes broke out at rallies in Berkeley where BAMN and Antifa members assaulted participants; one man, Eric Clanton, attacked people with a Bike Lock at multiple events.
Denouncement of Antifa
After August demonstrations in Berkeley what members of Antifa violently attacked left-wing demonstrators, Jesse asked authorities to classify Antifa as a gang.