Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Progressives get big boost from Democratic Party in SF mayor, DA and sheriff races

Progressive candidates for the city’s three leadership posts up for grabs this November received a huge boost last night after winning endorsements from the Democratic County Central Committee.

The left-leaning body that controls the San Francisco Democratic Party produces slate cards that can be enormously beneficial for the endorsed candidates.

It gave its first-choice backing to District 11 Supervisor John Avalos (seen at left) in the mayor’s race and its second-choice nod to City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Board President David Chiu, an elected-member of the DCCC, and state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who has a seat on the body, were shut out of getting the party’s third-place nod under the city’s ranked-choice voting system.

Erica Fox, Avalos’s deputy campaign manager, noted the party’s support is a coup for the progressive supervisor. He has lagged behind the other candidates in terms of raising money to pay for his own campaign mailers.

“In a one-party town like San Francisco, getting the coveted #1 endorsement of the Democratic Party is a major win for our campaign,” wrote Fox in an email to supporters following the DCCC meeting. “With 11 Democratic elected and former officials in the race, this key endorsement reflects John’s ability to unite and stand out in a crowded field. It will also help us reach out to the thousands of Democratic Party members and voters city-wide — the majority of the electorate– who share our vision for a better San Francisco!!”

Former police commissioner David Onek won the first-place endorsement in the district attorney’s race, while Alameda County prosecutor Sharmin Bock picked up the second-place spot.

Shortly after last night’s vote, Onek posted on his Facebook page that he “thank(s) the San Francisco DCCC for their endorsement and am eager to work with them to make San Francisco the safest and fairest city in America.”

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi won the party’s sole backing in the sheriff’s race.

I am deeply touched by their support and the support of well-wishers who helped rally the win,” wrote Mirkarimi on his own Facebook account.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 18, 2011 @ 12:53 pm PST
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