Public Comment

Former Mayor Shirley Dean Supports
Sophie Hahn for City Council

Shirley Dean
Saturday October 29, 2016 - 04:09:00 PM

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing to invite you to join me in supporting an outstanding representative for Berkeley City Council’s 5th District: Sophie Hahn.

I was honored to serve District 5 and the City of Berkeley for 23 years, on the Council and then as your Mayor. I can’t think of anyone better qualified to represent us than Sophie.

Sophie grew up in District 5 and is raising her own family here. Dedicated to core Berkeley values, she has been an effective leader for our schools, libraries and community. On the Zoning Board, Sophie has a reputation for being the most prepared and reasoned member, respectful of the public and fellow Board Members. She cares deeply about the people and neighborhoods of Berkeley.

My support for Sophie is wholehearted, and is based on her exceptional qualities. Reinforcing my choice, I recently learned of her opponent’s history of misconduct, which I believe renders him unfit to serve on the Council.  


Less than four years ago, in a pointed 26-page Appellate Court order, Mr. Murphy was sanctioned for, among other things, “dishonesty,” “aggressive and threatening” behavior, “lack of professionalism” and “incivility.” I am also concerned that so many of his donations come from corporate developers and their representatives. 

Sophie’s candidacy presents an exceptional opportunity for Berkeley to gain smart, visionary and principled leadership. Please join me in voting for Sophie Hahn on Tuesday, November 8th.  


Mayor Shirley Dean