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State Senate, District 11
Jane Kim and Scott Wiener have both shown impressive leadership as members of the Board of Supervisors, and both would do well in Sacramento. While we admire both for their ambition to grapple with some of the most significant issues facing The City, we support Kim as the most effective leader for San Francisco in the state Senate.
Wiener is a hard worker who has tackled weighty issues like transit development fees for residential buildings, solar mandates for new construction and paid family leave. His effectiveness and pragmatism as a supervisor, especially in the areas of public transportation and environmental policy, has translated into many significant victories. But he has also been a polarizing figure who has earned the ire of his more progressive colleagues.
Kim has emerged in recent years as a leader on the Board of Supervisors on core progressive issues with her push for increased affordable housing and eviction protections, increasing education access and efforts to reform criminal justice.
She has the support of progressives and tenant groups and has sided against some of the more anti-homeless measures like tent sweeps and backs the right to rest law, for which Wiener sharply rebuked her. She has sided with the progressive majority on issues like restricting commuter shuttles, tougher restrictions for Airbnb and the housing pause in the Mission, all of which Wiener opposed.
The winner will replace termed-out Sen. Mark Leno. It has been a close race through the primary and up to this general election, with substantive debates between two qualified candidates. We give the edge to Kim, whose vision for continuing her fight to promote equitable housing and education for the working families of California is a thrilling prospect.
Endorsement: Jane Kim for state Senate, District 11
State Assembly, District 17
Since leaving the San Francisco Board of Supervisors two years ago to serve as state representative in the state Assembly, David Chiu has accomplished much to be proud of.
In his first two years, he has authored an impressive 21 bills. He has supported and passed laws protecting women, children and families, affordable housing and tenants rights, workers, immigrants, health care, education and public transportation.
Endorsement: David Chiu for state Assembly, District 17
State Assembly, District 19
We support the reelection of Phil Ting to the 19th Assembly District, which includes San Francisco’s westside, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City and South San Francisco.
Endorsement: Phil Ting for state Assembly, District 19
U.S. Congressional,District 12
Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, has been a strong and effective leadership in Washington, D.C. We hope that, come the new year, she returns to her role as Speaker of the House.
Endorsement: Nancy Pelosi for U.S. Congressional, District 12
U.S. Congress, District 14
We support the re-election of Jackie Speier in California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes the southern portion of San Francisco through San Mateo County to East Palo Alto.
Endorsement: Jackie Speier for U.S. Congress, District 14
State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Southern California’s U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez have been locked in a battle to fill retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat.
Despite being a former San Francisco District Attorney, Harris is more than just a hometown favorite in this race. Her record of promoting social justice issues along with criminal justice has been a hallmark of her career locally and statewide and it embodies the values we must push for on the national level. She has worked to curb international criminal gangs, gun smuggling and human trafficking. She has worked to keep children in school, promoted marriage equality, improved online privacy and safety, and has fought for homeowners victimized by the housing crisis. As impressive as her record has been, we are hoping for even more in her future.
Endorsement: Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate