Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Campos, Chiu roll out endorsements from political leaders

David Campos, left, makes a point during an October 2 debate with David Chiu at UCSF Mission Bay. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

David Campos, left, makes a point during an October 2 debate with David Chiu at UCSF Mission Bay. Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland

With less than two weeks to go before the November 4 election, the candidates running in a heated San Francisco state Assembly race are rolling out last minute endorsements from two major political leaders.

This morning (Wednesday, October 22) saw Mayor Ed Lee endorse Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who represents District 3 centered in North Beach and Chinatown, in his bid for the 17th Assembly District Seat covering the city’s eastern neighborhoods.

“There is no doubt that David Chiu is the right choice for state Assembly,” Lee told a crowd of several hundred community leaders who had gathered at the Laborers 261 Union Hall for the announcement.”He has the proven experience, the record of accomplishment, the values and the vision to get things done for our city in the state Assembly. David Chiu has delivered for San Francisco again and again and he is the leader we need in Sacramento. I am proud to give him my enthusiastic support.”

Lee joins with fellow Democrats U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and Attorney General Kamala Harris in supporting Chiu’s legislative bid.

The Chiu campaign’s event with the mayor came a day after his opponent in the race, gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission district, announced that former state legislator John L. Burton, now the chairman of the California Democratic Party, had endorsed him.

“For decades this Assembly seat has set the tone for progressive politics in the state of California,” stated Burton. “David Campos is the only candidate I trust to carry that torch.”

Burton’s backing of Campos in the heated race followed the news earlier this month that District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, one of the most moderate members of the board, was supporting his by far more progressive colleague in the Assembly race as well.

“From working to close loopholes in San Francisco’s universal healthcare law to enhancing public safety and reducing homelessness by helping to implement Laura’s Law, David has proven his commitment to finding solutions through cooperation and
compromise,” stated Farrell. “I trust his dedication to the public interest and know that he will find ways to bridge his progressive ideals with the pragmatic realities facing our state. I firmly believe he will be an effective leader for San Francisco in the state Assembly.”

Campos and Chiu, both Democrats, are competing to succeed gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Due to term limits, Ammiano is barred from running again after having served three two-year terms in the Assembly. He is backing Campos in the race.

With few policy distinctions between them during their time on the board, Chiu and Campos have largely been arguing over who has been more productive at City Hall and who will best build consensus in the state Legislature as for why voters should send them to Sacramento.

The outcome of the race will largely come down to which of the two Davids does a better job of getting their supporters to the polls next month.

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 22, 2014 @ 1:28 pm PST
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