By Luke Thomas
July 9, 2012
San Francisco Democratic Party Chair and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin today endorsed community organizer Julian Davis in the ranked choice race for District 5 Supervisor.
Peskin, known for his outspoken advocacy of tenant’s rights, environmental causes, public transit and historic preservation, said Davis is the District 5 candidate best suited to continue the progressive legacy of the Board of Supervisors.
“I’ve worked with Julian for many years,” Peskin said. “I’ve seen him in action. He has the skills, intelligence, passion, and principle to excel as Supervisor. San Francisco needs his leadership and independence in the most progressive district in the city.”
Peskin’s endorsement of Davis follows a well-attended campaign kick-off event that attracted as many as 200 Davis supporters. Peskin’s endorsement is being viewed as a rebuke of Mayor Ed Lee-appointed Supervisor Christina Olague who has come under fire from progressive circles for her efforts to repeal ranked choice voting; to dismantle historic preservation protections; her vote in support of a luxury condo development at 8 Washington – as well as allegations that she is participating in a cover up of conversations she is alleged to have engaged in with Mayor Lee over the suspension of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
“I have always admired Aaron Peskin’s leadership and ability to unite San Francisco’s often disconnected progressive political factions,” Davis said. “I am honored to have his endorsement in this race.”