Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 50 / 14 December 2017
 

Milk club expected to rescind Davis endorsement in D5 supe race

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will meet in special session Monday night to consider rescinding its endorsement of Julian Davis in the District 5 supervisor race.

Davis has been accused of groping two women six years ago and the issue has dedeviled his campaign all week since the SF Weekly broke the news online Monday. Following the report the SF Examiner, Bay Guardian, and Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos have all withdrawn their endorsements of Davis’ candidacy.

He has denied the accusations and pledged to remain in the race. At the same time Davis and his supporters have tried to paint the story as politically motivated coming three weeks prior to Election Day November 6.

But the fallout from the explosive allegations continues to consume progressive circles. At its meeting Tuesday night the Milk club voted to hold an emergency general membership meeting next week to reconsider its backing Davis in the race for the Haight and Western Addition seat.

District 5 candidates Julian Davis, Supervisor Christina Olague, and Thea Selby took part in a candidate forum co-hosted by nonprofit providers and the University of San Francisco.

The club had voted in September to solely endorse Davis, a straight man who is on leave as president of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center due to the campaign.

The meeting is set to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, October 22 at the LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street. Following a discussion about the issue, Milk club members will then cast two votes.

The first will be a yes or no vote on whether to rescind the Davis endorsement.

The second will be on if that passes, then should the club give an unranked endorsement to the incumbent, bisexual Supervisor Christina Olague, and two of her challengers: college board president John Rizzo and Lower Haight community activist Thea Selby.

According to an email from the club following this week’s meeting, the proposal to vote on a reconsideration of the endorsement passed by two-thirds, as did a motion to suspend Milk’s by-laws in order to vote on the multi-candidate endorsement.

The motion to back Olague, Rizzo and Selby also passed on a two-thirds vote.

Should the triple endorsement pass it will mark quite the turnaround for Olague, who has faced intense criticism within progressive circles since Mayor Ed Lee appointed her to fill the vacant District 5 seat earlier this year.

Her ties to Lee and his allies, votes on development projects and other issues have sparked concern from progressives. But some of their worries began to dissipate when she bucked the mayor and voted last week to reinstate her predecessor, Ross Mirkarimi, as sheriff despite his arrest on domestic violence charges.

It would also be a boost for Rizzo, who narrowly lost nabbing the Milk club’s endorsement during the first vote last month, and Selby, who has had trouble garnering attention due to her low name recognition with voters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 18, 2012 @ 1:32 pm PST
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