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The Other Open Supervisor Races
Chris Roberts | Photo: Marshall Astor | September 19, 2012
Incumbents David Chiu, John Avalos, and David Campos are all stone-cold locks to retain their seats (Avalos and Campos are running unopposed, and Board of Supes president Chiu faces no serious opposition). This means San Francisco’s political balance will be decided on the city’s west side.
Inner, Outer, and Middle Richmond; Seacliff; and bits of the Western Addition
Supervisor Eric Mar, famous for his attempted “Happy Meal Ban” and the extension of the city’s smoking ban
David Lee, a Chinese-American voter activist and Recreation and Park Department commissioner
The Read Meat
As cut-and-dried as you can get: progressive vs. moderate, renter vs.landlord, rebel vs. the machine. Lefty Mar’s got a better ground game, but Lee’s got the money: He was the first in the race to crack the $100,000 fundraising threshold. It comes down to how much voters want to punish Mar for his Happy Meal moment.
West of Twin Peaks, West Portal, Lake Merced, and St. Francis Wood
Sean Elsbernd, fiscal hawk and moderate hero, is termed out
F.X. Crowley, labor organizer; Norman Yee, outgoing Board of Education president; Mike Garcia, former Board of Appeals president
The Red Meat
Garcia received Elsbernd’s enthusiastic endorsement. Organized labor, however, is squarely behind Crowley, who sits on the San Francisco Labor Council’s executive committee. But in a district filled with families, Yee could make hay of his tenure on the Board of Education.