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

League of Women Voters of San Francisco announces fall campaign debate schedule

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 1.47.07 PMThe League of Women Voters of San Francisco has published its fall campaign debate schedule with candidates in two supervisor races, the college board contests, and a state Assembly race.

The most high profile of the four will be the one with the Assembly District 17 candidates – Supervisors David Chiu (District 3) and David Campos (District 9) – who are vying to succeed termed out gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco).

Their debate is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at the UCSF Mission Bay campus’ Genentech Hall located at 600 16th Street in San Francisco. It will be co-presented by the league and the university.

As the Bay Area Reporter‘s Political Notebook pointed out last month, there has been a noticeable lack of forums or debates this year with candidates for local offices on the November ballot.

Unlike in past election cycles, the city’s two main LGBT Democratic clubs, Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk, are not hosting any such candidate forums this fall. (Alice did hold an Assembly candidate debate in March.) Nor have AIDS advocates announced an HIV-focused debate this year with candidates in the races for the even-numbered supervisor districts as they did 4 years ago.

Several neighborhood groups in District 6 and District 10 have held, or are planning to host, forums with their supervisor candidates in coming weeks, and last night nightlife and entertainment industry leaders hosted an Assembly race debate with Chiu and Campos.

The first of the league’s forums will be with the candidates for District 6 supervisor, where the incumbent, Jane Kim, is seeking a second 4-year term. Her opponents are three men: gay Rincon Hill resident Jamie Whitaker; neighborhood activist Michael Nulty, who told the B.A.R. he identifies as homosexual; and David Carlos Salaverry, a Republican who placed third in the June primary for the 17th Assembly District seat.

The District 6 forum is set to take place at 6 p.m. Friday, September 19, at Golden Gate University School of Law, Room 2201, at 536 Mission Street in San Francisco. The university is co-hosting the event with the league.

The forum with the District 10 supervisor candidates is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, October 6, at the Southeast Community Facility located at 1800 Oakdale Avenue in San Francisco. The Bayview Multipurpose Senior Center has partnered with the league to host the debate.

In that contest the incumbent, Supervisor Malia Cohen, is facing a rematch with several of her challengers from the 2010 race, as noted in today’s Political Notebook. Former nonprofit theater executive Tony Kelly, who placed second behind Cohen in 2010 after 20 rounds of calculations under the city’s ranked choice voting system, is considered the most formidable opponent in this year’s race.

Also running a second time this fall are Marlene Tran and Ed Donaldson, while neighborhood activist Shawn M. Richard rounds out the list of candidates.

The league’s Community College Board candidate forum is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, in Room MUB 140 at the City College of San Francisco main campus located at 50 Phelan Avenue. It will be co-hosted by EATV.

In the race for three four-year seats on the Community College Board of Trustees, two incumbents, John Rizzo, the board’s president, and Anita Grier, its vice president, are seeking re-election. Their challengers are gay activist Dan Choi, Haight neighborhood leader Thea Selby, former college board member Rodrigo Santos, Brigitte Davila, and Wendy Aragon.

In the race for a two-year term on the college board, to fill a vacancy created when Chris Jackson resigned, the leading candidates are former gay student trustee William Walker and Amy Bacharach. Thomas Moyer is also seeking the seat.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer at any of the forums, email or call (415) 989-8683. There is no RSVP necessary to attend the forums.

— Matthew S. Bajko, September 11, 2014 @ 12:58 pm PST
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