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

Wiener adds three endorsements to Senate campaign

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who’s running for a state Senate seat next year, rolled out endorsements this week from the state’s largest LGBT political group, a powerful U.S. senator, and a newcomer to politics.

(State Senate candidate Scott Wiener. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(State Senate candidate Scott Wiener. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Equality California, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and San Francisco Sheriff-elect Vicki Hennessy have all announced their support for Wiener, a gay man who’s running to replace gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) in the District 11 seat.

Wiener’s campaign issued a news release Monday, November 16 touting the three endorsements.

“Scott has a solid record of accomplishments on the issues impacting our region today, and has the foresight to address the challenges that will face us in the years to come,” Feinstein stated in the release. “I’m impressed with Scott’s record of supporting increased police staffing to improve public safety, his dogged determination to improve our public transportation systems, his outside-the-box ideas to address and ease our housing crisis, and his work to increase water recycling. I know that Scott will take that same creativity and work ethic to the state Senate.”

EQCA is California’s lead LGBT civil rights organization and LGBT-focused lobbying presence in Sacramento. Rick Zbur, EQCA’s executive director, said that Wiener is a leader on many of the issues affecting the LGBT community.

“From standing up to, and successfully stopping, insurance companies from raising prices on life-saving HIV medications to fighting every year to ensure full funding for HIV care to creating programs that address the housing and health needs of our LGBT seniors and homeless and at-risk youth, Scott Wiener leads the way for our community,” Zbur said in the statement. “EQCA is committed to getting Scott elected and maintaining LGBT representation from San Francisco in the state Legislature.”

Hennessy was elected sheriff of San Francisco two weeks ago in a landslide victory over Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Wiener had endorsed her and campaigned for her election.

“Scott Wiener has been instrumental in advocating for a safer city by increasing public safety,” Hennessy stated. “He led the effort to ensure mandated staffing levels for the Police Department, and also understands the need to ensure that the city provides alternatives to incarceration when appropriate, as well as meaningful programming and treatment for those in our jails.”

Wiener told the Bay Area Reporter that he’s “honored” to have the support of Feinstein, EQCA, and Hennessy.

“To confront the critical issues facing our state – housing, transportation, health care and education access, and the drought, – we need to build broad coalitions,” he said in a text message. “I’m proud of the support we are receiving in this campaign and look forward to talking to voters about how to move toward a sustainable and affordable future.”

Wiener has amassed numerous endorsements for the race, including an early endorsement from the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Leno, who’s termed out of office next year, has also endorsed Wiener to succeed him, as has Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

Additionally, new endorsements this week include state Senator Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz) and Sam and Julia Thoron, both former longtime PFLAG leaders. The Thorons were also community grand marshals in this year’s San Francisco LGBT Pride parade.

Wiener announced his state Senate bid in early July. Last month, Wiener’s colleague, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, announced that she is also running for the Senate seat. Kim is viewed as the more progressive candidate in the race, which includes all of San Francisco and a portion of northern San Mateo County. Wiener has secured the backing of all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

— Cynthia Laird, November 16, 2015 @ 11:59 am PST
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