Online Extra: Political Notes: Campos beefs up staff ahead of re-election race
by Matthew S. Bajko
Gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos is beefing up his staff at City Hall and on his campaign team ahead of his fall re-election race.
And after the filing deadline Friday, August 10 it was clear that Campos will have an easy path to another four-year term representing the Mission and Bernal Heights districts on the Board of Supervisors as no one filed to run against him.
"We are not taking anything for granted. If we have an opponent or not, we are going to run a strong campaign. We believe we have to earn the re-election," Campos told the Bay Area Reporter Friday morning before it became clear that he would be running unopposed. (Three people had pulled papers in the race earlier this year, but none of them ultimately filed with elections officials.) "We expect to go out and reach out to every voter in District 9 to explain to them why we should be re-elected. It is the best job I have ever had."
To help him communicate with voters, Campos in late July hired Tom Temprano as his campaign communications director.
Temprano, 26, who is gay, has lived in San Francisco since 2004 and is a full-time DJ and party promoter. He produces Sunday events at Mission bar El Rio, like Daytime Realness and Eagle in Exile, and is the DJ and promoter for Hard French.
He plans to work for Campos up until the November 6 election and then return full time to his promoter job.
"I live in District 9 and just couldn't be happier with having David as my supervisor. I have supported him throughout his four years as supervisor thus far," said Temprano, who is also a member of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and is its vice president of external affairs. "I will be making sure we are getting David out there sharing the work he has done, and continues to do, in the district."
Last week in his August 6 newsletter emailed to constituents, Campos announced he had hired his re-election campaign manager, Nathan Allbee, to be his third legislative aide in his supervisor office. [Although, in a common error made with Allbee's last name, it was misspelled by leaving off the second "l".]
"I have had the pleasure of working with Nate and have been impressed by his organizational skills, enthusiasm, work ethic, passion, and high quality work," wrote Campos in the electronic newsletter.
Allbee, a gay man who lives in District 9, will start work September 3 and will focus on LGBT issues, nightlife concerns, and constituent services.
"There are very few supervisors who I would be willing to do this for; David is one of them," Allbee said in a phone interview. "He is an amazing, sweet, honest guy and I think he has the best politics in the city."
It marks the first time Campos has had an out staffer working for him since Linnette Peralta Haynes stepped down in 2009.
"As an openly gay supervisor, I feel it is important for me to have a queer legislative aide, or at least seriously consider hiring one," he said. "Nathan has a good understanding of the issues facing the LGBT community ... I think he will do a great job for District 9 and the whole city."
The supervisors added more than $1 million to their office budget for the new fiscal year, allowing them to either hire a third legislative aide, at a salary of about $77,000, or use the money to increase their aides' pay if they already have three people.
Gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener told the B.A.R. last week that he intends to hire a third person. But he does not plan to publicly announce who it is until September, and does not expect the person to start work until early October.
Bisexual District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague already has three legislative aides. She told the B.A.R. she does not intend to add a fourth, therefore, her current aides will likely see a boost in pay.
After leaving Prague in 2007 following a four-year stint in the Czech Republic, Allbee moved to San Francisco. In addition to working in the city's nightlife industry, he became involved in political campaigns.
In 2010 he served as the deputy campaign manager for gay attorney Rafael Mandelman's unsuccessful District 8 supervisor bid. Then in 2011, two months after becoming co-chair of the Milk Club, Allbee resigned in order to work on state Senator Leland Yee's (D-San Francisco) mayoral bid.
Allbee, 33, currently serves on the Milk Club's board as its events and fundraising chair. Campos approached him last month about coming to work for him at City Hall.
He stepped down as the director of events for CMAC, the locally based entertainment lobbyist group California Music and Culture Association, in order to take the job.
"I was a party promoter here my first three years in San Francisco. That is how I got politically involved," said Allbee.
In September Campos is expected to name a new campaign manager and likely will promote one of his current deputy campaign managers to the job.
"I am leaving it in competent hands," Allbee said.
Kaplan hosts green fundraiser
Lesbian Oakland at-large Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan is receiving an assist from environmental leaders in her re-election fight this fall.
In a rare instance of incumbent council members battling each other at the ballot box, Kaplan's colleague, District 5 Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, is running this fall against her for the citywide seat. De La Fuente opted not to seek re-election for his Fruitvale-based seat, and his move is largely seen as testing the grounds for a future mayoral bid. (De La Fuente ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2006.)
The race is expected to be costly, and Kaplan is wasting no time in raising funds for her campaign coffers. Environmental leaders will fete her at a $25-a-person event this Wednesday, August 15.
Among the hosts are the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay, and employees of green businesses. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a talk by Joel Makower , described as "the guru of green business."
Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., an environmental consulting firm for businesses. Kaplan will also lead a conversation on how to attract more green businesses to Oakland.
"I face a tough challenge as I seek re-election this year – this is a contested election! Your support – by joining the host committee, purchasing a ticket to the event, or donating if you cannot attend – will go a long way in making sure that transit-oriented development, green business attraction, and other strategies for sustainable job development contribute to Oakland's economic revitalization," wrote Kaplan in an emailed invite to supporters.
The fundraiser will take place at Public Bikes, 205 Alice Street, in Oakland's Jack London Square district.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact Alicia Kester at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 463-4WIN.
Gay CA congressional candidate to hit up SF for funds
The sole out congressional candidate running in California this fall is heading to San Francisco next month to raise funds for his campaign.
Mark Takano, 51, is running for a House seat based in his hometown of Riverside. An openly gay Japanese American and education leader, Takano would be the first LGBT person of color in Congress.
He would also be the first out member of the Golden State's congressional delegation. But Takano is in a tough race against his GOP opponent, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione , 63, on the November ballot.
Takano will be hosted at the Noe Valley home of gay attorney Bob Michitarian, who is organizing the fundraiser with help from David A. Wishinsky , Takano's campaign finance director. It will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 13.
For more information about the event, visit the Facebook invite at https://www.facebook.com/events/186552224810784/.
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