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Progressive slate gains ground in bid to take over DCCC

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People cast their vote for the California presidential primary at Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco, Calif. on June 7, 2016. (Photo by Joel Angel Juárez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The progressive slate has apparently failed to achieve a clean sweep in its bid to take over the Democratic Central County Committee, but still gained solid ground.

View the most recent ballot count here.

The DCCC’s mission includes to help register voters, fundraise and make endorsements.

But the committee is also a significant factor in local politics as it relates to the general tug-of-war between the moderates versus progressive ideologies in San Francisco politics.

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The election of the DCCC members this year turned into a slate card contest, as the more moderately-aligned candidates sought to retain their control over the Democratic body while the more progressive candidates wanted to take over the committee on the “reform slate.”

Jon Golinger, who helped lead the “reform slate” effort and appears to not have been elected himself, said despite the slate card not winning across the board, voters still have called for a change.

“It’s clear a majority of democratic voters voted for a new Democratic party,” Golinger said. He noted early results showed 14 of possible 24 reform slate card candidates appeared to have won.

Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who was not on the reform slate but the competing more-moderate one, suggested the outcomes meant the DCCC would be a balanced body based on the preliminary results.

Tom Hsieh, a member of the moderates’ “progress slate,” said the margins are narrow and final winners won’t be known for at least a week, though he refuted the progressive’s message that voters had called for a change.

“The message of working together and being less divisive was very much on the mind of voters,” said Hsieh, who appears to have been re-elected. He said voters rejected the notion of “throwing out everybody and starting all over again.”

The progressive slate had maligned the committee majority led by committee chair Mary Jung, the lobbyist for the San Francisco Association of Realtors, as catering to the special interests that largely fund them, developers and technology companies. Jung appears to have been re-elected.

Jung has shot back that the progressive effort was about creating a “Peskin Machine” guided by “wrongheaded policies and divisive tactics.” Supervisor Aaron Peskin, recently elected to the Board of Supervisors, is seen as a re-emerging figure in progressive politics.

The members of the progressive slate for the 17th Assembly District included Alysabeth Alexander, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Petra DeJesus, Bevan Dufty, Jon Golinger, Pratima Gupta, Frances Hsieh, Jane Kim, Rafael Mandelman, Sophie Maxwell, Aaron Peskin, Leroy Wade Woods and Cindy Wu.

For the 19th Assembly District, the progressive slate included: Brigitte Davila, Sandra Lee Fewer, Hene Kelly, Leah LaCroix, Eric Mar, Myrna Melgar and Norman Yee.

S.F. Examiner staff writer Jonah Owen Lamb contributed to this report.

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  • bob

    I didn’t vote for anyone on the DCCC list. I’m tired of the same politicians over and over. Been in SF over 40 years I see it controlled by special interests. Our elected officials (the Board of Idiots) care only for their political careers and the special interests that back them. SF is a cesspool of corrupted politicians.

  • Abe Froman

    The Hsieh mailer was awesome! I had no idea who to vote for until they gave me the list of Peskin’s supporters. I was actually worried they were trying to confuse me. I don’t even recall getting mailers for Peskin’s slate. Nor did the Hsieh mailer tell me who to support.

    In future campaigns, try to spread name recognition for YOUR candidates. Furthermore, someone got PAID to make that.

  • sffoghorn

    Got PAID real money too.

  • sffoghorn

    Eyeballing it, Dufty and Breed appear to have had identical voting records on the Board of Supervisors and used public financing in 2011 to effectively campaign for Lee and secure a high paying job. I am unclear on the concept of how Dufty became a progressive.