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

SF Dems, gay group back Michael Nava in SF judge race

The San Francisco Democratic Party and Equality California, the statewide LGBT lobbyist group, have both endorsed openly gay judicial candidate Michael Nava (pictured at right) in his June Primary race for a seat on the San Francisco Superior Court.

Nava, an attorney who works for state Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, is trying to unseat sitting Judge Richard Ulmer, a Republican appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the court’s seat 15. Also in the race is openly gay attorney Daniel Dean.

If no one receives 50 percent plus one of the vote in June, the top two vote-getters will face off in a runoff election in November.

Nava has sought to become a judge for years. After his application to be appointed to a vacancy went nowhere in Sacramento, he shocked the local legal community this year by opting to take on Ulmer, who has tried to distance himself from his Republican ties by noting he registered as a decline-to-state once he was sworn in to his seat on the bench.

Dean also surprised many by jumping into the race and not seeking the open seat on the local court. So far he has failed to gain the backing of the city’s political leadership and gay political clubs. Both the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Clubs are backing Nava in the race.

The rash of endorsements for Nava are key as many of the groups, such as the local Democratic Party and gay Dem clubs, send out slate cards to voters. With judicial races lacking in attention from the mainstream press and the electorate, the mailings to voters can give a huge advantage to the favored candidates.

“I’m honored to have received the support of the San Francisco Democratic Party. It is a key endorsement that gives my campaign an important and timely momentum just over 45 days before Election Day,” stated Nava in a release following the party committee’s vote Wednesday, April 21.

Ulmer meanwhile has gained broad support in judicial circles, as sitting judges are prone to support each other. More surprising, he has the endorsements of top Democratic officials such as Mayor Gavin Newsom, CA Dem Party Chair John Burton and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

The June Primary is Tuesday, June 8.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 22, 2010 @ 11:20 am PST
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