By Luke Thomas
August 24, 2011
Supervisor and mayoral candidate John Avalos won the coveted Harvey Milk Democratic Club’s (HMDC) sole endorsement last eve in the ranked-choice race for mayor, though a second vote in September is likely to result in City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Senator Leland Yee garnering the club’s second-place dual endorsement.
With 196 members voting, Avalos received 90.8 percent of the vote, said former HMDC President David Waggoner. Twelve members abstained.
The HMDC’s political action committee in July voted to sole endorse Avalos, but a subsequent complaint lodged by Debra Walker forced last eve’s membership vote.
A motion proffered by Rafael Mandelman to hold a second club membership vote in September if Avalos garnered more than 60 percent of last eve’s vote, passed.
In the ranked-choice race for District Attorney, former Police Commissioner David Onek and Alameda County Prosecutor Sharmin Bock won the HMDC’s first and second-place endorsements, respectively.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi won the club’s sole endorsement in the ranked-choice race for Sheriff.
The HMDC has a colorful history of contentious votes over endorsements and the club’s membership often swells in the weeks and months leading up to an endorsement vote.
“It was a rather tame and relaxed affair,” Waggoner commented. “Overall it went very well.”
Avalos could not be reached for comment.
Editor’s Note: This article has been modified since its initial publication. FCJ incorrectly reported that Onek and Bock were dual-endorsed in the race for District Attorney.