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New: Blue Shield Spokesperson Reportedly Running in Berkeley's District 7

Monday June 16, 2014 - 08:50:00 PM

The Daily Cal reports: UC Berkeley alumnus to run for City Council District 7 . The candidate in question, seeking the seat now held by Councilmember Kriss Worthington, seems to be 27-year-old Sean Barry, once an assistant editor at the Daily Cal and Mayor Tom Bates' appointee to the Waterfront Commission. He looks like the council majority's candidate, chosen to appeal to the younger voter while not actually being a student: "Councilmember Laurie Capitelli, an early endorser of Barry, said he also thought having a younger member on the council could bring a valuable perspective." Presumably Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who was 24 when he was elected, didn't bring the correct perspective, so the majority is trying again. The article doesn't mention Barry's current job, but googling him seems to indicate that he's now a PR guy for Blue Shield of California who acted as the company's spokesperson in response to a recent consumer lawsuit.