With this being the second to last weekend before Election Day Tuesday, November 6, it is shaping up to be a busy one for LGBT politicos.
Tomorrow (Saturday, October 27) is chock-a-block with events for LGBTs to help various candidates seeking local office. There is canvassing to educate voters and several fundraisers are planned.
Out in the Richmond district on San Francisco’s west side is a get-out-the-vote event with District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar. The progressive member of the board is in a heated battle for his seat against businessman David Lee.
Looking to secure Mar a second term, gay state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will be walking with Mar as they talk to voters. Volunteers are asked to be at Mar’s campaign headquarters at 5812 Geary Boulevard at 22nd Avenue by 10 a.m.
Mar has also designated Monday nights as “LGBT Volunteer Day” and is asking queer supporters to help with his re-election effort from 5 to 8 p.m. at his HQ October 29 and November 5.
Across town, also at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos is holding his own campaign mobilization. Campos, who is running unopposed but has his eyes on seeking Ammiano’s Assembly seat in 2014, will not only be canvassing for votes for himself but has invited school board candidate Matt Haney to join him.
Supporters are asked to meet first at Campos’ campaign HQ at 3224 22nd Street between Mission and Bartlett.
Later that night his backers are hosting a Halloween-themed fundraiser for Campos at gay Mission bar Esta Noche, 3079 16th Street. The “Hallo-queen Extravaganza” runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature drag performances, specialty drinks and a costume contest.
Students and people with low-incomes are asked to pay $10, while individual tickets for everyone else begin at $25.
Campos is among a number of LGBT leaders who are hosting a fundraiser tomorrow night for gay college board candidate Rafael Mandelman. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at 3869 26th Street.
“Sometimes running for office feels a bit like being a professional panhandler. But the sad truth is that it takes money to pay for campaigns, and even more money to pay for a citywide campaign for an office like the City College Board of Trustees,” wrote Mandelman in an emailed invite to the fundraiser.
Members of the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club will also be out this weekend working to elect its endorsed candidate in the District 5 supervisor race, London Breed, and educate voters in the gay neighborhoods of District 8 about local ballot measures.
Alice members are gathering at 10 a.m. at the Duboce Park Cafe, 2 Sanchez Street, before doing literature drops in Districts 5 and 8.
Incumbent District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague, a bisexual Latina, is also asking her backers to help call voters and canvass the district as she seeks election to a full term having been appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year. Her campaign is phone banking every night from 5 to 9 p.m. in Suite 301 at 425 Divisadero Street at Oak.
She is also holding a canvassing event Saturday and is asking people to first gather at 10 a.m. at Patricia’s Green. The Hayes Valley park is at the corner of Hayes and Octavia Streets.
“With 10 days to go, come out and support District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague in her fight to the finish line. While big development interests continue dumping money into other district 5 campaigns, we at Olague HQ are hitting the streets to let voters know that Christina Olague is the best choice for Progressives in the d5 race,” her campaign wrote in a Facebook post.