Voters encountered five open Board of Supervisors seats during yesterday’s election. And while a few remain to be decided, there are some certainties. Take, for example, the dominance the city’s progressives have on the board now, which will counter Mayor London Breed’s future efforts. While a handful of pro-housing nominees planned to change the way City Hall works, many voters opted to keep things as-is in Room 250.
Here are the results as of Wednesday morning.
City Hall veteran and former legislative aide Catherine Stefani could pull off an upset in District Two. The incumbent has a lead over Nick Josefowitz, a BART Board member who spent a record amount of his own money in his quest to take the seat. Stefani won 42.31 percent of the vote as of today, with Josefowitz at 37.42 percent, Schuyler Hudak at 10.94 percent, and John Dennis finishing last with 9.22 percent.
Regardless of uncounted votes, Stefani declared victory shortly after midnight.
“I am honored that voters put their confidence in me to be their neighborhood voice at city hall,” said Stefani, according to the San Francisco Examiner. “I look forward to working with our neighborhoods for years to come to make a difference on the issues important to our district and San Francisco.”
The one-two ranked-choice voting strategy didn’t work here. Gordon Mar, soon-to-be minted supervisor of District Four, has the lead with 35.02 percent of the tallied votes, running ahead of city newcomer Jessica Ho, who took 26.146 percent of the vote. She had managed to score endorsements from both Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Chronicle despite having only lived in the city for a few weeks. Trevor McNeil rounded out the results with 12.35 percent.
If Mar wins, he’ll have the distinction of following in his twin brother’s footsteps, those of Eric Mar, who was District One representative prior to Sandra Fewer. #twinning, indeed.
Matt Haney wins. District Six, where some of the city’s biggest tech outfits and newest residents call home, saw Haney trounce Sonja Trauss and Christine Johnson, who teamed together on a ranked-choice voting strategy. The yesterday’s final vote tally had Haney with 56.80 percent of the vote, with Johnson and Trauss receiving 24.97 percent and 18.01 percent, respectively.
“Haney’s own campaign was predicting a tight race, as were other city political observers we spoke with,” noted Mission Local. “Trauss’ side seemed to buy into polls they cited showing a dead heat. How everyone got this so wrong is food for thought.”
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman kept his seat after running more or less unopposed, nabbing 91.27 percent of the counted votes.
Shamann Walton leads District 10 with 41.84 percent of the vote, ahead of Tony Kelly and Theo Ellington, who took second and third places, respectively. Walton’s platform included cleaning up Hunters Point shipyard and helping create new affordable housing.
“I have committed to building thousands of new affordable housing units for all income levels over the next eight years because I have already been doing this work,” said Walton during his campaign.
- Election 2018: Final tally from Election Night [Mission Local]
- SF’s progressives show political strength in Board of Supervisors contests [SF Examiner]