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

Milk club early endorses gay SF college board candidates

SF college board candidate Tom Temprano

SF college board candidate Tom Temprano

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club has early endorsed a trio of candidates for San Francisco’s college board this fall, including two of the three gay men in the race.

At its meeting Tuesday night (July 19), the progressive queer political club gave early nods to incumbent college board member Rafael Mandelman, the current president of the oversight body who is seeking re-election, as well as non-incumbents Tom Temprano and Shanell Williams.

Mandelman and Temprano are both past presidents of the Milk club and had earned the club’s backing of their previous bids for seats on the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees. Four years ago Mandelman, an attorney, first won election to a seat on the board and is again seeking a four-year term.

In November Temprano, a nightlife promoter and Mission bar owner, 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 and is now seeking election to a full four-year term.

Williams, who is African American and a graduate of City College, works as a community engagement specialist for the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative. She had served on the college board as the student representative for two terms as it battled to maintain its accreditation.

In 2012 the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges threatened to revoke City College’s accreditation, setting off a firestorm of criticism and plunging the school into a crisis it continues to resolve.

Both Randolph and Amy Bacharach, who won the race in 2014 for a two-year term on the board, are now running for re-election this year to full four-year terms.

One of the four college board seats on the November ballot will be open as Steve Ngo has said he will not seek re-election. The deadline for candidates to file is Friday, August 12 by 5 p.m., though it will be extended a week if Ngo, as the incumbent, does not run.

According to elections officials, the three incumbents and two challengers  are so far the only people to have pulled papers to run.

— Matthew S. Bajko, July 20, 2016 @ 2:41 pm PST
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