The Post-Election State of San Francisco
It’s the morning after Election Day and the hangover may not be as painful as is felt in presidential years, but the municipal stuff matters and sometimes come with hefty benefits and consequences for our day-to-day lives. Let’s take a look at how things shook out in some key races and propositions in San Francisco. You can check out our voting guide here to see how we fared in comparison to voters’ choices.
There wasn’t much mystery about who would take the W in the San Francisco mayoral race. London Breed took the race without much fight from contenders. The incumbent mayor came out with 68 percent of the first-choice votes. Support may be slipping for Breed, but she still managed to win her first full-term election.
Two hot races still too close to call happen to involve two Breed appointees. The fight over who will serve next as the San Francisco District Attorney and District 5 supervisor is not quite over as all mail-in ballots have yet to be counted.
It was a pendulum swing through the night in the match-off between Suzy Loftus and Chesa Boudin.
At one point around 11 p.m. Tuesday, it looked as though Boudin had it by about 2,000 votes but after midnight and after the ranked-choice elimination rounds, Loftus came back to a 240-vote lead.
Just weeks ago, Breed tapped Loftus to fill George Gascon’s suddenly vacated seat, which kicked up some dust around town, with many accusing the mayor of political favoritism by appointing a candidate so close to the election. The San Francisco Police Officers Association also caught some heat for recent anti-Boudin attack ads they financed to the tune of $650,000.
District 5 Supervisor:
Dean Preston has a slim lead over Breed-appointed Vallie Brown. The progressive candidate who ran on a free Muni for all platform is ahead in the race by a hair with just 97 more votes than his rival. He’s claiming the win at this point but with such small margins, it’s possible things could shift as final numbers come to light.
Public Defender: Manohar “Mano” Raju
Manohar “Mano” Raju will be keeping the seat he took on after the sudden death of Jeff Adachi. Although many believed Matt Gonzalez was the natural next in line, Gonzalez tipped his hat to Raju as worthy of carrying on Adachi’s bold mission against law enforcement and prosecutors with a penchant for unnecessary aggression.
City Attorney: Dennis J. Herrera
With just 315 write-in votes, Herrera won the seat in an uncontested landslide.
Sheriff: Paul Miyamoto
Miyamoto, the former chief deputy sheriff, is now the top law dog in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. He announced his candidacy after his former boss Sheriff Vicki Hennessy announced she would not be seeking re-election. With nobody stepping up to challenge him, Miyamoto took the race more than 99 percent of the vote.
Treasurer: José Cisneros
Much like Herrera, Cisneros wasn’t facing any real opposition. He won the race with 99.67 percent of the vote.
School Board: Jenny Lam
San Francisco Community College Board Trustee: Ivy Lee
Proposition A — San Francisco Affordable Housing Bond: Yes
Passed with a little more than 69 percent, which puts it safely in the two-thirds approval range.
Proposition B — Department of Disability & Aging Services: Yes
Passed with more than 76 percent of voter approval.
Proposition C — Vapor Products: No
An overwhelming majority of voters, 80 percent, rejected this one.
Proposition D — Traffic Congestion Mitigation Tax: Yes (maybe)
Two-thirds of the vote is needed to push this one through and as of the latest Department of Elections report, it is just squeaking by at 66.66 percent – giving the win very little wiggle room as mail-in ballots are tallied.
Proposition E — Affordable Housing & Educator Housing: Yes
Under 25 percent of voters turned this one down, leaving the proposition with a more than healthy approval rating.
Proposition F — Campaign Contributions & Campaign Advertisement: Yes
Another landslide win, Proposition F passed with more 84,000 votes.