Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is hedging his bets in next year’s race for the city’s other Assembly seat.
Ting, who represents the 19th Assembly District covering the city’s western neighborhoods, is dual endorsing the two candidates to thus far enter the race, Board President David Chiu and gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos.
Nonetheless, in a sign of how important the Asian American and gay community’s vote will be in the race next year, Ting is expected to announce his support for Campos tomorrow (Friday, October 25) at a Chinese restaurant in the Portola district that Campos’ campaign is holding.
Ting will be joined by two LGBT Asian leaders at the press conference: Amos Lim, director of Out4Immigration, and Rachel Ebora, executive director of the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center.
Campos and Chiu are both seeking election next year to the city’s 17th Assembly District seat, which covers the eastern part of San Francisco such as the Mission and Castro districts. Campos recently kicked off his campaign with a fundraiser in the Castro, while Chiu is holding his first fundraiser aimed at the LGBT community at a private home in the Fillmore next week.
Ting’s backing of Campos means he has secured support from both of the city’s Assembly members. Gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), who will be termed out of the 17th Assembly District seat next December, is solely backing Campos to be his successor.
The Assembly seat has long been considered to be the LGBT community’s seat, as the past three people to serve in it have been gay or lesbian politicians. Should Campos win the race, he will be the first Latino Assembly person elected from San Francisco and the first out person of color sent to serve in the state Legislature from the Bay Area.
A victory by Chiu would mark the first time that Asian Americans had been elected to both of the city’s Assembly District seats and the first time in more than a decade that neither Assembly person was LGBT.