By Luke Thomas
July 29, 2010
In the race to replace District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, San Francisco School Board President Jane Kim collected more valid signatures than any other District supervisoral candidates, according to documents obtained from the Department of Elections.
Before the July 22 deadline for submitting signatures in lieu, Kim submitted 1,281 valid signatures. Candidates who submit a minimum of 1,000 valid signatures from registered District voters are exempted from paying a $500 filing fee.
Kim is also leading all District supervisoral candidates in public campaign financing. According to the Department of Ethics, Kim has been awarded $71,148 in public campaign funds.
Though both measures are not an indicator of how well a candidate will fair on Election Day, signature gathering is the purest, non-scientific indicator of boots on the ground campaign strength.
Department of Building Inspection Commissioner Debra Walker, Kim’s closest signature gathering competitor in the District 6 contest, submitted 1,041 valid signatures and has been awarded $57,344 in public campaign funds. Human Rights Commission Executive Director Theresa Sparks submitted just 19 valid signatures but has qualified for $10 thousand in public campaign funds.
In the hotly contested race with the most candidates declared (25), former Supervisor Daly volunteer James Keys fell short of reaching the 1,000 signatures mark. Of the 1,337 signatures Keyes submitted, 537 were deemed valid.
In the battle to replace District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Scott Wiener leads the field in valid signatures (1,264) over Rebecca Prozan (1,056) and Rafael Mandelman (1,011).
Mandelman has received $60,503 in public campaign funds compared to Wiener who has received $10 thousand. Prozan told FCJ she does not expect to file for public campaign financing unless the individual spending cap of $143 thousand is breached by other candidates in the race.
In the race to replace District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Steven Moss submitted the most valid signatures (955) followed by Chris Jackson (802) and Marlene Tran (574).
Malia Cohen leads the field in public campaign financing ($53,671), followed by Moss ($53,284) and Chris Jackson ($50,220).
In the race to replace incumbent District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, Kat Anderson submitted 82 valid signatures. She also leads in collecting public campaign funds ($40,480) followed by Abraham Simmons ($36,160).
Incumbent District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, who is running unopposed, submitted 282 valid signatures. She has not filed to receive public campaign funds.
Update, 5:51 pm: Correction. Rebecca Prozan will file for public campaign financing “next week.” Prozan told FCJ she fully expects the $143 thousand spending cap to be broken by candidates who benefit from independent expenditures.
Update, 7/30, 9:13 am: Correction. Prozan campaign manager Stephanie Ong Stillman points out that Prozan submitted 3,100 signatures before the deadline on July 22. However, because Prozan had already reached the minimum 1,000 valid signatures threshold on June 1 after submitting 1,056 valid signatures, the excess signatures were not verified or counted by the Department of Elections. Stillman also says the Prozan campaign was the first supervisoral campaign across all Districts to qualify for a filing fee exemption.