Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

UPDATED: Wiener wades into race for open D7 supe seat, backs Engardio and Garcia

Openly gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has waded into the race this fall for the open District 7 supervisor seat.

Adjacent to Wiener’s Castro-centric district, the west of Twin Peaks D7 seat is currently held by Sean Elsbernd. The Board of Supervisors’ most conservative member at the moment, by San Francisco standards, Elsbernd is termed out of office this year.

Running to replace him is journalist Joel Engardio, (seen at left) a gay man who would be the fourth out person on the board should he win in November. On his Facebook campaign account today (Thursday, May 24) Engardio announced that he had secured Wiener’s endorsement.

“I’m happy to announce that Supervisor Scott Wiener has officially endorsed my campaign for District 7 Supervisor! We will work well together for San Francisco’s future,” posted Engardio.

The moderate Wiener also informed Board of Appeals President Michael Garcia this week that he was endorsing his candidacy.

“I’m proud to be supporting Mike Garcia for Supervisor. Mike has the character, strength, and experience to be a terrific Supervisor and to represent District 7 well” stated Wiener in an email Garcia’s campaign sent to his supporters.

So far Wiener has not chosen a third person to support. And his endorsements are un-ranked, meaning Wiener is not designating Engardio or Garcia as his first or second choice under the city’s ranked choice voting for up to three candidates.

The match-up for the seat hasn’t changed since the Bay Area Reporter profiled Engardio’s bid in the March 1 Political Notebook. Only five candidates have pulled papers, so far, to run ahead of the August filing deadline.

The frontrunner, in terms of name recognition and past electoral experience, would appear to be Norman Yee, president of the city’s school board. Others in the race include Port Commissioner Francis “FX” Crowley and businessman Andrew Bley.

Having decided last year to devote himself full-time to his candidacy, Engardio has been hitting the pavement and knocking on doors in the district.

A San Francisco Chronicle City Insider blog post in early March noted that Engardio’s early campaigning has made an impression. The item said the relatively unknown candidate “is getting some attention from city insiders thanks to his smart website and fundraising capabilities.”

By the end of 2011 Engardio reported having already raised more than $22,000. This past May 14 he sent out his sixth mailing to likely voters.

It is a move right of Wiener’s playbook  from his successful campaign in 2010, when he was ever present around D8 canvassing for votes months before election day.

“Knocking on doors does make a difference. Someone I met just sent me this email: ‘I am glad I had a chance to chat with you yesterday. I like what you stand for, and our family will definitely vote for you to be our Supervisor in November,'” wrote Engardio in a Facebook pitch for donations in April.

— Matthew S. Bajko, May 24, 2012 @ 4:53 pm PST
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