April 1979: Newport vs. Widener

Unlike 1973 or 1977, BCA (Berkeley Citizens Action) emerged from a contested convention united and with a complete slate of candidates, including John Denton for re-election [for City Council]. 

Yet virtually no one believed Gus Newport could actually prevail over Widener, who was seeking his third term as Mayor.  The greatest upset in modern Berkeley history occurred on April 17, 1979, with the lowest turnout.


Campaign flyer from Gus Newport
Berkeley Map marked to show precincts carried by Gus Newport
A Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA) campaign flyer showing endorsed candidates
Handwritten April 17, 1979 note showing vote percentages for mayoral  candidates
Berkeley City Council document from 1979-80 showing council members

By Bill Roberts

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