From the campaigns to elect Christina Olague and John Rizzo to District 5 Supervisor
November 1, 2012
Supervisor candidates Christina Olague and John Rizzo announced today that they are placing their support behind one another in the competitive race to be the next District 5 supervisor. Both candidates agreed it is important that District 5 continue to be represented by a progressive policy maker, and that this election provides an opportunity for building progressive unity.
“Although we disagree on some issues, Christina and I share many of the concerns that are important to District 5 voters, such as improving access to quality public education and keeping housing affordable,” said Rizzo.
“I’ve worked alongside John Rizzo for the past decade,” said Olague. “We’re the only two candidates that have experience crafting real policy, and that policy has been informed by progressive values.”
San Francisco’s ranked choice voting system enables voters to cast up to three votes, ranked in order of preference. Rizzo and Olague are recommending to their supporters that they use the RCV system to rank the other candidate as their second choice in District 5.
“Ranked choice voting is cherished cornerstone of current San Francisco supervisoral elections because it empowers voters,” said Olague. “By selecting John Rizzo and me as their respective number two votes, our supporters are eschewing any cult of personality and emphasizing the importance of having a District 5 Supervisor who has a proven, progressive record of making public policy decisions based on the needs of neighborhoods and not big businesses.”
Christina Olague currently represents District 5 on the Board of Supervisors. She is the former President of the Planning Commission, and has been advocating for tenants’ and senior rights for the past twenty years.
John Rizzo is president of the Community College Board, elected in 2006 and 2010, and is an environmental leader in the Sierra Club.
District 5 includes the Hayes Valley, Fillmore, Western Addition, Japantown, Cathedral Hill, Upper and Lower Height, Cole Valley and Inner Sunset neighborhoods