Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Former Milk club prez Tom Temprano officially announces SF college board bid

Tom-Temprano-176Thomas Temprano, a former co-president of the progressive Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, has launched his 2016 campaign for a seat on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees.

In November Temprano, who goes by Tom, fell short in his bid to unseat gay college board member Alex Randolph, who was tapped by Mayor Ed Lee last year to fill a vacancy. He landed in second place, behind Randolph, in the four-person race.

The Bay Area Reporter’s Political Notebook had reported February 11 that Temprano, a gay man and Mission bar owner, planned to run again this year for one of the four city college board seats that will be on the November ballot.

In an email he sent to supporters this morning (Thursday, February 25), Temprano made it official.

“One of the most important things I learned last year is what it takes to win a campaign. You definitely need to raise money and you definitely need to post signs, knock on doors, and talk to voters,” wrote Temprano. “But the most important thing a candidate can do is bring people together – to unite people around a common goal, and to show people they’re ready to lead the fight to protect the school that we love.”

At least one of the four college board seats will be open as Steve Ngo has told Temprano and others he does not plan to run again.

Both Randolph and Rafael Mandelman, a gay man who is the current president of the college board, will be running this fall for re-election to four-year terms. Amy Bacharach, who won the race in 2014 for a two-year term on the board, is also running for re-election this year to a full four-year term.

Unlike in last year’s race, where he remained neutral, Mandelman has endorsed Temprano’s bid, as has gay former District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty. Tom Ammiano, a gay man and former state assemblyman, and gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos have endorsed Temprano’s campaign, as they did last year.

In an interview Wednesday with the B.A.R. Temprano said because there will be an open board seat this go around, the election should have a different tenor than last year’s when people had to choose sides.

“I think this will be a really different race,” he said. “Personally, I am certainly a lot wiser and more experienced than I was last year.”

Nor is he concerned that voters may not support electing a third gay man to the college board. He noted that many of the district’s students are LGBT and that City College employs many LGBT faculty and staff.

As the B.A.R. has noted, Temprano also pointed to the fact that the number of LGBT elected officials in San Francisco has been shrinking in recent years. In fact, there is a remote chance the November election could result in there being no out supervisor in the city since 1977.

“Kind of speaking to the fact we may have a Board of Supervisors with no LGBT people on it, it is exciting to have LGBT representation anywhere in San Francisco,” he said.

Temprano plans to have a public kickoff event for his campaign sometime in March.


— Matthew S. Bajko, February 25, 2016 @ 11:00 am PST
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