Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF Democrats endorse Walker, Mandelman in supe races

As expected out lesbian artist Debra Walker (pictured at right) and openly gay attorney Rafael Mandelman have won the backing of the local Democratic Party in their respective supervisor races this fall.

The Democratic County Central Committee voted to back the two progressive candidates at its meeting Wednesday, August, 11. Walker is seeking the District 6 seat while Mandelman is running for the District 8 seat.

Both are longtime members of the DCCC and had been recommended for the local party’s backing after it heard from various candidates running for public office at an endorsement meeting held last weekend.

Because progressives hold a majority of seats on the DCCC, it had long been expected that Walker and Mandelman would earn its endorsement.

In the District 2 race, Janet Reilly also won the party’s nod, while incumbent District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, a moderate on the board who is running unopposed this fall, also won backing from the DCCC.

Because of the city’s ranked-choice voting – voters can pick their top three candidates in city races – the DCCC can endorse a second and third place candidate.

In the District 6 race, supporters of Theresa Sparks, a transgender woman who heads the city’s Human Rights Commission, were able to block school board president Jane Kim from receiving the second place nod.

In the District 8 race DCCC member Scott Wiener, who is gay, took himself out of the running for the second or third place endorsements. The second place nod went to out lesbian Rebecca Prozan.

In the District 2 race incumbent Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier failed to pick up a second place nod. Alioto-Pier is in a legal fight over whether she is allowed to run again this year or is termed out of office as both City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Reilly claim. The matter is on appeal before the courts.

The DCCC postponed endorsing in the District 10 race, while it backed the following incumbents in their re-election bids: Public Defender Jeff Adachi; Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting; and Community College Board members Anita Grier, John Rizzo, and Lawrence Wong, who is openly gay.

See next week’s Political Notebook column in the August 19 Bay Area Reporter for more on who supported whom in the District 6 and 8 contests.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am PST
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