Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

San Francisco Supervisor Sheehy files for election

by Cynthia Laird

Gay District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy filed papers last week and has officially entered the June election to retain his seat.

Sheehy, a married gay dad who is the board’s first openly HIV-positive member, was appointed by the late Mayor Ed Lee a year ago to fill the seat vacated by Scott Wiener when he became state senator. The winner in the June election will serve out the remaining months of Wiener’s term, and must run in November for a full four-year term.

(Supervisor Jeff Sheehy takes the oath as he files paperwork to run for election in June. Photo: Courtesy Sheehy campaign)

(Supervisor Jeff Sheehy takes the oath as he files paperwork to run for election in June. Photo: Courtesy Sheehy campaign)

So far, Sheehy’s main opponent is gay City College of San Francisco Trustee Rafael Mandelman, who had his election kickoff last summer. Mandelman has said he plans to run in both races, regardless of who wins in June.

Sheehy was surrounded by his family – husband Bill Berry and their daughter, Michelle – and supporters as he completed paperwork January 5 at the Department of Elections in City Hall.

“As a young adult, I moved here from Texas to find safety – safety from people who did not like me because I am gay,” Sheehy said in a statement. “I came to San Francisco because it has always represented the ideals of equality and acceptance.”

Sheehy said that his priorities are neighborhood public safety and reducing car break-ins, ending tent encampments and “compassionately” responding to the city’s homeless crisis, helping long-term renters stay in the city, building affordable housing, and improving public schools.

Prior to becoming a supervisor, Sheehy was the communications director for UCSF’s AIDS Research Institute. He was appointed to the state’s stem cell board, a position he continues to hold. And he is a founding member of the city’s Getting to Zero Consortium, which aims to make San Francisco the first municipality to achieve the UNAIDS goals of zero new infections, zero HIV deaths, and zero stigma.

“Mayor Ed Lee appointed me to fight for our city’s values and protect health care from budget cuts,” Sheehy stated., “I have helped get LGBT kids off our streets, won increased police foot patrols, and banned bicycle chop shops.

“I have effectively led the fight against the Trump administration’s war on San Francisco,” he added.

— Cynthia Laird, January 8, 2018 @ 9:53 am PST
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