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.DAVID MUNDSTOCK
By Bill Roberts