Voters to decide five San Francisco Supervisor
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
November 2, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Next week's election provides San
Francisco voters in half of the city's supervisorial districts
an opportunity to choose representatives for the Board of Supervisors.
Voters in four districts will see anywhere from one to seven
candidates challenging incumbent supervisors, and in one district
a host of candidates are vying for an empty seat.
One of the most contentious races is in District 6, which covers
the Tenderloin, South of Market area and Treasure Island.
Chris Daly has been the district's supervisor for over six years.
A Democrat and a self proclaimed champion of economic, social
and environmental justice, Daly has based his campaign on fighting
against special interest groups like the real estate industry
and large corporations.
Daly faces seven challengers in next week's election.
Robert L. Jordan is a 59-year-old Tenderloin resident and president
of Alliance for a Better District 6. He says he hopes to do the
will of the community as a whole as a supervisor.
Matt Drake, who has a master's degree in mechanical engineering
from Stanford University as well as a law degree from the University
of Michigan, says he hopes to bring more jobs and housing into
the district. As a self-described "passionate environmentalist,"
Drake pledges to be a leader in environmental reform.
Another Tenderloin resident, George Dias, is vying for the District
6 seat as well. Running for the first time for political office,
Dias hopes a platform of creating more affordable housing and
a more livable downtown will get him elected.
One of the most highly recommended candidates in any supervisor
race this year is Rob Black, a lawyer and former aide to Supervisor
Michela Alioto-Pier. He has received endorsements from the San
Francisco Police Officers Association, Mayor Gavin Newsom and
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, among others.
A Democrat, Black has made crime and education two of the pillars
of his candidacy. He has pledged to put more police on the streets
and expand the "care not cash" program for the homeless.
Another District 6 candidate, gay activist and community leader
Davy Jones, is also putting crime ahead of other issues. According
to Jones, the crime-filled streets of the Tenderloin would make
a perfect breeding ground for Islamic terrorism and a supervisor
should do something about it.
A final candidate, Manuel Jimenez Jr., claims to run his campaign
out of the back of his 1973 Volkswagen Bus. Jimenez describes
himself as a common sense progressive interested in safe streets
and smart growth for the common interest.
Another district race that involves a lot of campaign funding
and celebrity endorsements is in District 4, which covers most
of the residential Sunset neighborhood.
Six candidates are vying for the seat that will be left vacant
by Fiona Ma, who is running for state Assembly.
Doug Chan, a 30-year-veteran of civic life and a former member
of the San Francisco Police Commission, has pledged to bring the
Police Department up to its city charter mandated numbers as well
as work to upgrade the department's policies and technology. Chan
has received endorsements from Newsom, Feinstein and long list
of current and former local politicians and organizations.
Another strong challenger in the district is Jaynry Mak, a former
aide to Ma. A lawyer and business leader, Mak says she wants to
make family issues such as education, home ownership and senior
care the major issues for the district. She has received endorsements
from California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides and Congressman
Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo, as well as the San Francisco Democratic
David Ferguson, a public school teacher and long-time Sunset
district resident, hopes to be elected so that he can work on
local issues and fight against special interests.
Ron Dudum is another candidate who supports affordable family
housing. He says he is also interested in homelessness and putting
more officers on the streets.
Houston Zheng, who came to Sunset district as an immigrant, is
running for office to make life less expensive for Sunset residents.
He pledges to cut the cost of power, lower property taxes and
work to lower the cost of fuel.
The final candidate for District 4 is Ed Jew. A small business
owner, Jew says he would focus on keeping families from leaving
San Francisco for the suburbs. He plans to make the streets safer
and the schools better and advocates cutting what he says is wasteful
spending at City Hall. Jew is supported by California Senator
Jackie Speier and Controller Steve Westly.
Only two challengers are going up against 4-year Supervisor Bevan
Dufty in District 8, which covers the Castro, Noe Valley, Upper
Market and Glen Park neighborhoods.
Dufty, who served as the coordinator for the mayor's office of
neighborhood services under Willie Brown, has made neighborhood
improvement a cornerstone of his term. From fixing up parks to
scaling back the annual Halloween party in the Castro district,
Dufty has made quality of life issues paramount.
Alix Rosenthal, president of the local chapter of the National
Women's Political Caucus, is one of Dufty's challengers. Rosenthal
is a "zealous advocate" of women's and LGBT rights,
and as an attorney, she has represented several tenants' rights
cases pro bono. Rosenthal has received endorsements from the local
chapters of the Sierra Club and the Green Party.
A third contender, Starchild, a self-described male exotic dancer,
is running a second time for the District 8 seat. Starchild has
worked with the San Francisco Libertarian Party as an outreach
coordinator. One of the largest supervisorial districts, District
10 - which includes Bayview, Hunters Point and Potrero Hill -
has been represented by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell for six years.
Maxwell, a life-long resident of the district, claims many accomplishments
in a district besieged by crime and pollution. During her terms,
Maxwell has worked to clean up problem liquor stores and helped
negotiate the closure of the Hunter's Point Power Plant.
She also oversaw the installation of the Third Street light rail
project. She faces six challengers this year, whereas two years
ago she ran unopposed.
Maxwell's challengers include Rodney Hampton Jr., who grew up
in the Westpoint housing development, and who hopes to improve
life for District 10 residents through job creation, redevelopment
and community policing.
Another challenger, Dwayne Jusino, is a self-described working-class
family man. He says he is committed to safe neighborhoods, quality
schools, community revitalization and local business.
Marie L. Harrison hopes to make District 10 the "jewel of
San Francisco." A community activist, Harrison says she hopes
to create jobs, work on health care issues and fight corruption
in local government.
Another community activist, Espanola Jackson, says she wants
to bring affordable housing to the district as well as improve
local schools so students don't have to take buses to schools
The District 2 race includes the Marina, Pacific Heights and
the Presidio. Incumbent Michela Alioto-Pier was appointed to the
district in 2004 after Newsom, then supervisor, became mayor.
A disability-rights advocate and a former aide to Vice President
Al Gore, Alioto-Pier has concentrated on quality of life issues,
successfully fighting the installation of a cell-phone tower in
Cow Hollow and working on health care issues.
She is challenged by Vilma Guinto Peoro and a write-in candidate,
Kiddoo is challenging Alioto-Pier because he says she has done
little to combat crime or protect tenants rights in the district.
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