By Luke Thomas
November 15, 2012
In a contest that may go down as one of the closest in San Francisco political history, School Board President Norman Yee today declared victory in the race for District 7 Supervisor.
With all ballots counted and tabulated, including provisional ballots, Yee, with 12,448 votes, has defeated labor leader F.X. Crowley (12,317 votes) by a mere 131 votes in the ranked choice race, besting a field of nine candidates including termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s sole-endorsed candidate, former Board of Appeals President Michael Garcia (7,449 votes), who finished a distant third.
Though the election has not been certified, Department of Elections Director John Arntz told reporters today that all ballots have been counted and that Yee is the presumed victor.
“I am pleased that the final vote count has been completed, showing I have come out in front,” Yee said in a statement. “I am so delighted that my first choice votes prevailed even with ranked choice factored in. It has been a very long eight days since Election Night for my family and my supporters. Through it all, they have stood by me and provided encouragement.”
“I would like to thank my opponents for creating a dynamic race,” Yee added. “I think we can all agree that we care about San Francisco and District 7 and I would be honored to work with them to address issues like supporting small businesses and keeping jobs in San Francisco. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with other Supervisors to make San Francisco a safer and better place for families and individuals to live. As I said during my campaign, I will bring an independent voice, free of special interest groups, to represent District 7.”
In his statement Yee honored Supervisor Elsbernd “for his years of service to District 7 residents and to the City as a whole.”
Yee, a San Francisco native, was endorsed by Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Jane Kim and Eric Mar, among other electeds, groups and organizations. He is married to his wife, Cathy; they have two daughters. He is expected to assume office in January after serving two terms as President on the San Francisco School Board.