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

UPDATED: Former SF mayors wade into fall SF supe races in odd-numbered districts

Two former San Francisco mayors waded into the races for odd-numbered supervisor seats today.

In the match-up in District 1, where the incumbent, Supervisor Eric Mar, is facing tough competition for his Richmond district seat, his challenger David E. Lee announced today (Wednesday, August 29) that Dianne Feinstein, now a U.S. Senator, had endorsed him.

The former mayor (seen in the photo at right) and Lee, executive director of the Chinese American Voter Education Committee, are scheduled to appear together at a lunch event tomorrow at  Empress of China Restaurant in Chinatown.

“David Lee is a talented and dedicated public servant,” stated Feinstein in a release sent to reporters by Lee’s campaign. “I believe he has the character and the disposition to bring people together to get things done both in his district and in the city as a whole.”

In the nearby District 7 race for the open seat representing the neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks, Port Commissioner Francis “FX” Crowley announced that he had secured the sole backing of former mayor and former police chief Frank Jordan.

“I’ve known F.X. Crowley for many years. He is a leader in his community and a leader citywide,” stated Jordan in a release issued by Crowley’s camp. “He has created thousands of middle-class jobs in one of the most vital sectors of our local economy: tourism, convention and entertainment. I admire that F.X. cares about the neighborhood where he grew up and wants to serve residents as their supervisor.”

Based on the endorsement lists posted to the websites of the leading candidates looking to succeed Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who is termed out of office, Jordan appears to be the first former or sitting mayor to weigh in on the race. His mayoral counterparts are not listed among the endorsers for Norman Yee, president of the city’s school board, or Board of Appeals President Mike Garcia.

[UPDATED: During an editorial board meeting today (Friday, August 31) with the Bay Area Reporter, Crowley disclosed that he had secured a sole endorsement from Feinstein in the race. He plans to make a more public announcement about it next week after the Labor Day holiday.]

The current holder of Room 200 at City Hall, Mayor Ed Lee, isn’t listed among the endorsers of any of the candidates in the D7 race. Nor is Gavin Newsom, now the state’s lieutenant governor.

In the D1 contest, Lee is also missing so far among the listed endorsers of either Mar or David E. Lee. Former Mayor Art Agnos is listed as backing Mar.

Mayor Lee has endorsed the bisexual woman he appointed to the District 5 seat earlier this year, Supervisor Christina Olague. She is in a tough battle to win election to a full term to the seat covering the Haight and Western Addition.

Former Mayor Willie Brown is said to be also supporting Olague in the race, though he is not listed as official endorser on her website. Speculation has surfaced that Brown is also surreptitiously backing London Breed, executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex.

It does not appear any of Olague’s main opponents – Breed; Julian Davis, president of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center; or City College Board of Trustees President John Rizzo – have lined up backing yet from a former mayor.

Board President David Chiu, who has several underdog opponents trying to unseat him from his District 3 seat, also does not list any mayoral endorsers on his website.

In the remaining two races, both gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos and District 11 Supervisor John Avalos are running for re-election unopposed.







— Matthew S. Bajko, August 29, 2012 @ 1:38 pm PST
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