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“Rashi has delivered for District 1. She has successfully worked to get unsheltered individuals into permanent supportive housing, put more funding into the city’s street paving budget, and helped bring $15 million in state resources to the marina. I strongly endorse her for re-election.”

Nancy Skinner
State Senator

“It has been an honor to partner with Rashi to bring resources and attention to the needs of our West Berkeley neighborhoods–from investments in public safety to clean streets. Nobody fights harder with me for our under-resourced neighborhoods. I wholeheartedly endorse Rashi for re-election.”

Terry Taplin
Berkeley Councilmember

“Rashi is the daughter of immigrants with a record of defending marginalized communities. Together, we organized a rally in support of the human rights of migrant children and families at the border, and she worked with Asian American youth to stand up to anti-Asian hate. Rashi will always fight for a diverse, inclusive community.”

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
former Berkeley School Board Director

“Rashi is smart, does her homework, and treats everyone with respect. Her presence on Council has helped us to be more fiscally responsible and set strategic priorities. She is a trusted colleague, and we need her continued service on the City Council.” 

Susan Wengraf
Berkeley Councilmember

“When it comes to tough issues like housing, homelessness, and public safety, Rashi always studies the facts and comes to a fair-minded conclusion. She leads with integrity, and it is an honor to endorse her for re-election.”

Lori Droste
Berkeley Councilmember

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of Kesarwani’s keen analytical approach to public policy and government spending and the exceptional experience she brings to the council. ….Kesarwani in her first term has become known for her careful analysis and thoughtful decision-making.”
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Ro Khanna

Ro Khanna Congressman

Jesse Arreguin

Jesse Arreguin Mayor of Berkeley

Linda Maio

Linda Maio former District 1 Councilmember


Buffy Wicks

Buffy Wicks State Assemblymember

Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett Berkeley City Councilmember

Loni Hancock

Loni Hancock former State Senator

Rigel Robinson

Rigel Robinson Berkeley City Councilmember

Laura Babitt

Laura Babitt Berkeley School Board Vice President

Tom Bates

Tom Bates former Mayor of Berkeley

Keith Carson

Keith Carson President of the Board of Supervisors, Alameda County

Julie Sinai

Julie Sinai Berkeley School Board Director

Ka'Dijah Brown

Ka'Dijah Brown Berkeley School Board President

Ty Alper

Ty Alper Berkeley School Board Director

Elizabeth Echols

Elizabeth Echols Director, East Bay Regional Park District

Ana Vasudeo

Ana Vasudeo Berkeley School Board Director

Gordon Wozniak

Gordon Wozniak former Berkeley City Councilmember

John Bauters

John Bauters Emeryville City Councilmember

Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf Mayor of Oakland

Gabe Quinto

Gabe Quinto El Cerrito City Councilmember

Nick Pilch

Nick Pilch former Albany Mayor

Lateefah Simon

Lateefah Simon BART Board Director

Dianne Martinez

Dianne Martinez Emeryville City Councilmember

Rebecca Saltzman

Rebecca Saltzman BART Board Director

Shawn Kumagai

Shawn Kumagai Dublin Councilmember

The Democratic Party Endorses Rashi!

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East Bay Young Democrats
Latine Young Democrats of the East Bay

Organized Labor Endorses Rashi!

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Berkeley Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1227
Building and Construction Trades of Alameda County Logo
Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
LiUNA Local 304
Alameda Labor Council logo

Environmentalists Endorse Rashi!

Community Endorsers

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District 1 Neighbors

Amitai Schwartz
Ananda Richmond, BUSD Teacher
Andrew Doran
Andrew Talbot
Andrew Shanken
Ann Riley, Executive Director, Waterways Restoration Institute
Aviva Gilbert
Barbara Phillips
Ben Paulos, Former Chair, Berkeley Energy Commission
Beth Gerstein
Blaine Merker, BART Community Advisory Group Member
Bonnie Testa
Brad Caldana
Brenda Buxton, State Coastal Conservancy (ret.)
Bruce Hamilton
Bruce Hansen
Carlos Hill
Carol Bade
Carole Bennett-Simmons
Carol Dorf
Cathryn Bruno
Chris Lee-Egan
Chris Tasik, BUSD Teacher
Christa Hillhouse
Christopher Ardalan
Corey Busay
David Beasley
Debbie Woods
Devon Lake
Diana Gordon, Ketér Salon Owner
Diana Locker
Diane Bahr
Diane Hongo
Don Falk
Elisabeth Goldstein
George Mathew
Graham Chisholm
Gunnar Madsen
Guy Shochat
Hayley Currier
Heather Chicoine
Jackie Erbe
James Day
Jan Thyer
Jared Bhatti
Jeannette MacMillan
Jeff Bruno
Jennie McDonald
Jesús Mejía
Joan Hamilton
Joaquin Carbonell
Jonathan Bachrach
Josh Newlan
Jowana S. Mitchell
Joyce Sakai
Justin McAdams
Karen Chapple, Urban Displacement Project
Karen L. Bowen
Karen L. Gosling
Ken Geis
Lee Michael Bishop
Leif Brown
Libby Lee-Egan, Chair, Housing Advisory Commission
Linda Lasagna
Lucy Aghadjian
Lynn Alper
Mary Herrmann
Matt Weber
Melvin Walls
Nathan Landau
Nathaniel Emodi
Peter Ross
Peggy Wilson
Phyllis Orrick
Rebecca Reith
Reichi Lee, Commissioner, Peace and Justice Commission; former Chair, School Site Council at Rosa Parks Elementary; School Board Candidate
Riti Dhesi
Robin Harley
Salwa Ismail
Sara Webber, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Berkeley Food Network
Sarah Ranney, Commissioner, Environment and Climate Commission; Climate Literacy Advocate
Sean Kennedy
Stephanie Richman
Stephen Walsh
Tawny Reynolds
Thomas E. Herrmann
Todd Jersey
Vera Franklin
Victoria Teicher
Whitney Smith
William DeCarrion, Berkeley Business Owner
Yes Duffy, Zoning Adjustments Board Commissioner
Yossi Fendel

Berkeley Neighbors & Community Leaders

Phong La, Alameda County Assessor
Adam Berman, Founder and President, Urban Adamah
Alden Mudge
Alice Kaswan
Avery Arbaugh
Brad Wiblin, Planning Commissioner; Affordable Housing Administrator
Barry Fike, Former Berkeley Federation of Teachers President
Cameron Woo, Associate Commissioner, Civic Arts Commission
Carla Schneiderman
Carrie Gray
Charles F. Kahn, Chair, Zoning Adjustments Board
Claudia Kawczynska, Commissioner, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Commission
Dave Campbell, Advocacy Director, Bike East Bay
Debbie Sanderson, Co-Chair, Accessory Dwelling Unit Task Force (East Bay)
Dominique Baillet
Donald Rothberg
Dorothy Walker, Community Leader and Activist for an Inclusive and Diverse Berkeley
Erik Schmitt
Gina Gold, Neighborhood Organizer for Sacramento St.
Isaiah Roter
Jeff Hobson
Jenny Wenk, CERT Volunteer
Jill Martinucci
John M. Rea
Julie Holcomb
Junichi (Jay) Miyazaki
Karin Evans, Editor, Two Birds Dancing
Kathleen Crandall, City Commissioner
Marc Trotz, former Commissioner, Homeless Services Panel of Experts; former Director, Housing for Health Program
Mark Humbert, Commissioner, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Commission; District 8 City Council Candidate
Norm Gold, Neighborhood Organizer for Sacramento St.
Piero Martinucci
Ray Yep, Commissioner, Transportation and Infrastructure Commission
Stephanie Allan
Steven Lipson
Susie Medak, Managing Director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Theo Posselt
Tim Frank, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Todd Andrew
Victoria Eisen, former Planning Commissioner and Transportation Commissioner; Member of the Downtown Area Planning Advisory Committee
Xavier Morales, Commissioner, Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Product Panel of Experts