SF supervisor candidates raised big bucks in 2017

One candidate vying for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors this November raised more than $180,000 last year, out-fundraising all other candidates in not only that contest, but in every other supervisor race this fall.

Meanwhile, two candidates vying for the District 8 seat in June are neck-and-neck in contributions raised.

For candidates running for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, Wednesday was the deadline for them to file with the Ethics Commission to disclose the contributions — limited at $500 per donor — they received last year.

District 8

Most immediately, there is a June election in District 8, which includes the Castro and Noe Valley neighborhoods. There, City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman, who is supported by progressive leaders, is vying to unseat Jeff Sheehy, who the late Mayor Ed Lee appointed in January 2017.

Sheehy reported raising $182,435 for the June election; Mandelman raised $165,032. The winner would have to run for re-election in November. Both candidates have political committees established for November as well, with lesser totals raised, and can use money from these committees as well heading into June for general expenses. Sheehy raised $38,350 for his November committee, while Mandelman raised $59,279.

Taking both committees together, Sheehy raised $220,785 to Mandelman’s $224,311.

“We are raising competitively,” Mandelman said. “I feel very good about where we are.”

Sheehy, whose campaign has reportedly been in trouble with the changing of consultants, attracted much political attention last week when he emerged as the swing vote to name Mark Farrell as interim mayor, ousting board President London Breed from the post. The moderate Farrell secured the post with the backing of the five-member progressive bloc and Sheehy, who was considered of the moderate bloc.

Much has been speculated about what Sheehy’s vote means for the outcome in the race.

“I have no idea how that’s going to play out,” Mandelman said.

Sheehy can count on Farrell’s support heading into June.

“I endorsed Supervisor Sheehy as soon as he was appointed by Mayor Lee, and I will absolutely continue to support him,” Farrell told the San Francisco Examiner on Wednesday.

Sheehy said, “I’m very grateful for the support that I’ve received. I’ve been working very hard on it.”

He also said he has brought in Ben Tevelin from New Ground Strategies to create a “laser focus” on his ground campaign moving forward.

“The City deserves an independent voice,” Sheehy said.

Nate Albee, a political consultant for Mandelman, said, “[Mandelman] actually has experience working in the things that matter to District 8, like homelessness, like housing, like crime. Appointed Supervisor Sheehy has spent his entire career focused on health and HIV. That’s commendable, but District 8 needs more.”

District 2

BART board member Nick Josefowitz amassed a large war chest in his bid to represent the Marina on the Board of Supervisors in November.

The District 2 contest was shaken up with the appointment Tuesday of Catherine Stefani to serve in the vacated seat by Farrell after being named interim mayor.

Stefani, who was a legislative aide to Farrell and his predecessor before becoming the county clerk two years ago, has strong ties with neighborhood groups. Stefani has not raised any money.

Meanwhile, Josefowitz raised $182,442 last year.

“It’s a real honor to have had so much support from so many San Franciscans who are excited about our campaign and want to deliver a government that works,” he said.

Kat Anderson, a lawyer and Recreation and Parks commissioner, reported raising $41,992 last year.

Schuyler Hudak, who founded a media startup company, reported raising $50,970.

“I’m very happy with our early grassroots fundraising from our local, community-based family, friends and neighbors,” Anderson said. “We’re going to have a really robust campaign in November.”

District 4

Supervisor Katy Tang is up for re-election in District 4 to continue representing the Sunset on the board. She reported raising $27,451. She faces no serious challenger. District 4 candidate Adam Kim reported raising $430.

District 6

Sonja Trauss, a pro-development leader of the Yes In My Backyard group, reported raising $105,455 last year in her bid to represent the Tenderloin and South of Market on the board.

Matt Haney, who has shored up backing from progressive politicians, surpassed Trauss, having raised $143,349. Haney sits on the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education.

Planning Commissioner Christine Johnson, who is also director of the pro-development think-tank SPUR, filed to run for the seat Jan. 18 and has no contributions to report for 2017.

District 10

The progressive Tony Kelly, a theater director, is making his third run for the seat in District 10 to represent the Bayview, Hunters Point and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. Kelly reported raising $70,645.

Kelly’s war chest was surpassed by Theo Ellington, director of public affairs for the Golden State Warriors, who reported raising $88,838.

Ellington was out-fundraised by Shamann Walton, a member of the SFUSD’s Board of Education, who reported raising $118,324.

Joshua Sabatini
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