Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Online Extra: Political Notes: SF ready to party on ElectionNight


District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar will hold his Election Night party at Steins.
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Having spent the last year campaigning for the open District 7 supervisor seat, gay journalist Joel Engardio is ready to spend some quality time with his partner, Lionel Hsu.

As soon as the polls close Tuesday night, the couple is planning to go out on a date and then watch election returns at home in San Francisco's Golden Gate Heights neighborhood.

"My partner and I may go see a movie and have a nice dinner and relax," said Engardio.

Any partying will come later, he said, particularly since the outcome in his race likely won't be known for several days as election officials tabulate ranked-choice votes.

"I will plan a victory party, hopefully, for soon after the election," he said. "But no matter what we will certainly have a volunteer appreciation party sometime after the election."

The political newcomer may be taking an unorthodox approach to Election Night, but plenty of other candidates and groups are ready to celebrate Tuesday night. There are events across the city, and should voters pass same-sex marriage in any of the four states with marriage equality measures on the ballot, expect jubilant crowds to be out on the streets of the gay Castro district.

The police intend to close the 400 block of Castro Street, between Market and 18 Streets, to vehicular traffic tomorrow night between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. No alcohol, however, will be allowed in the street, on sidewalks or public plazas in the area.

Two bars in the gayborhood are hosting election results watch parties. The Midnight Sun (4067 18th Street) will have drink specials beginning at 7 p.m. and "an extra special toast" once President Barack Obama reaches 270 electoral college votes he needs to secure a second term.

Beginning at 8 p.m. the Lookout is host to a party sponsored by Stanford Pride and the Bay Area Youth Summit, with emcee Sister Roma.

Members of the gay Log Cabin Republicans chapter plan to join other GOPers at the local Republican Party's election night party from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Alfred's, 659 Merchant Street. Tickets cost $25, which includes one drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres, and can be purchased by emailing or on Facebook at


D5 candidates

In the hotly contested race to represent the Haight and Western Addition at City Hall, District 5 supervisor candidate Julian Davis , backed by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, invited his supporters to join him from 8 p.m. to midnight at Ethiopian restaurant Club Waziema, 543 Divisadero Street.

Backers of college board member John Rizzo will be getting together at 8 p.m. at Murio's Trophy Room,
1811 Haight Street (near Shrader).

Lower Haight neighborhood activist Thea Selby will be dishing up 20 pounds of Texas BBQ donated by her brother at her Election Night party. It starts at 8 p.m. at her campaign HQ at 791 Haight Street.

Appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague has invited her supporters to join her beginning at 9 p.m. at Rasselas Jazz Club, 1534 Fillmore Street, to watch election results, nosh on food and enjoy live music.

Another of her challenger's, London Breed, is gathering at 8 p.m. with friends and family at Nickie's bar, 466 Haight Street.


D7 and D1 candidates

While Engardio is at home Tuesday night, several other candidates in the District 7 race west of Twin Peaks are throwing what they hope will be victory bashes.

Union leader Francis "FX" Crowley is dishing up hot dogs and beer for his backers starting at 8 p.m. at his campaign headquarters, 162 West Portal Avenue.

Outgoing school board president Norman Yee will gather with friends and family at 8:15 p.m. at Caffe D'Melanio, 1314 Ocean Avenue, where Cuban band El Guajiro will perform.

Out in the Richmond district, starting at 8:30 p.m., District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar will be at Steins, 731 Clement Street, as he awaits election results in his tough bid for a second term.

His opponent, David Lee, had yet to release details of his Election Night event as of Monday morning.


Other campaigns

Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Democrats, and the campaigns for a host of local ballot measures are gathering at 8 p.m. at the local party's coordinated campaign HQ at 2278 Market at Noe streets on the second level Tuesday night.

Across town the sponsors of the local ballot measure Proposition F, which calls for draining the city's Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, are gathering from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at SOMA Restaurant and Bar, 85 Fifth Street at Mission Street.

El Rio, at 3158 Mission Street, is playing host to the League of Pissed Off Voters Election Night party. Doors open at 5 p.m. and voters who bring their election stub with them receive a free drink.

East Bay

In the East Bay, openly gay District 3 Oakland City Council Sean Sullivan will hold a party after the polls close at his campaign headquarters, 322 15th Street, with food, bar, and music.

Gay D3 candidate Alex Miller-Cole will have a party at his campaign headquarters, 938 28th Street, beginning at 8 p.m.

Lesbian at-large City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will join the festivities with local Democratic Party folks at Z Cafe, 2735 Broadway in Oakland.

Abel Guillen, who identifies as two-spirit and is running for the 18th District Assembly seat, will have his Election Day party at Shashamane Bar and Grill, 2507 Broadway (at 25th Street) in Oakland, after the polls close.

Rebecca Saltzman, an out lesbian running for a seat on the BART board, won't be having an event Tuesday, but said she will be party-hopping.


Election returns

It is expected to be a long night for election officials, and the results of many of the local races likely won't be known for days.

The city's Department of Elections plans to release the first vote tally at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, from vote-by-mail ballots. A preliminary ranked-choice voting report based on the vote-by-mail ballots will also be released at that time.

At around 9:45 p.m. the first tally of votes cast at the polling places should be announced. Subsequent reports will be posted online every half hour by the Department of Elections as results come in from more polling places.

Once all polling places have reported, a second preliminary ranked-choice voting report will be released, and will include all vote-by-mail and polling place votes counted at that point.

On Wednesday, November 7, elections officials will release reports that show the round-by-round redistribution of ranked-choice votes.

As new votes are processed each day, the updated results will be released at approximately 4 p.m. at and at the department's office in the basement of City Hall. Updated unofficial results will be regularly released until all ballots have been counted and the results are certified, which must take place by end of the day December 4.


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