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

Candidates to represent SF District 8 list budget, public transit among priorities

The San Francisco Young Democrats will host its third candidate debate for the four candidates vying to represent District 8 – which includes the Castro gayborhood – on the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, September 22.

Questionnaires completed by the four LGBT candidates – Bill Hemenger, Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan, and Scott Wiener – are available here.

In the questionnaires, the candidates list their top three policy priorities.

Hemenger wrote about attracting businesses, compensation reform for city employees and contractors, and public safety

The budget was also on Mandelman‘s mind, as were new development and “prioritizing our city’s ‘transit first’ policy through increasing investment [in] public transportation.”

Prozan lists the city’s budget first. “We cannot continue to cut services that many San Franciscans and residents of District 8 rely on for support, whether it be help with affordable housing, HIV/AIDS outreach, prevention and treatment, help for homelessness and drugs, or public safety,” wrote Prozan.

She also shares some views on crime and public transportation.

Wiener also indicated public transit was at the top of his list, as well as public safety and access to health care.

“San Francisco has been a leader in providing services for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as prevention for those who have not been infected,” wrote Wiener. “We need to continue to prioritize HIV/AIDS funding and access to health care generally.”

The debate takes place in the Rainbow Room of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street.

A light appetizer and wine reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the debate starts at 6:30.

The Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk democratic clubs, and the Eureka Valley/Castro Neighborhood Association are co-hosting the event.

Melissa Griffin, political reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, will moderate the debate, which will be streamed live on VidSF with commentary by Beth Spotwood, of CBS5’s Eye on Blogs and SFGate’s Culture Blog, and San Francisco Bay Times columnist Pollo Del Mar.

Community members will have the opportunity to meet candidates and join a coalition of neighbors and political junkies for an in depth discussion on the city budget, key district issues, and the city’s future.

SFYD members will vote on endorsements for all candidates at the conclusion of the debate.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 17, 2010 @ 12:23 pm PST
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