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Spending against District 11 candidate Kimberly Alvarenga reaches $1.1M

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Ahsha Safai, left, and Kimberly Alvarenga are the frontrunners for the District 11 supervisor seat.

Money continued to pour into San Francisco’s supervisor races ahead of the polls closing Tuesday.

On Monday, District 1 candidate Sandra Lee Fewer faced the most money against her, totaling $1.06 million. That’s based on total third-party spending combined with the most money raised of an opposing candidate, in this case apparent fellow frontrunner Marjan Philhour.

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Meanwhile, in District 11, progressive frontrunner Kimberly Alvarenga as of Monday was facing $1.05 million being spent against her from her moderate challenger Ahsha Safai, and third-party spending benefiting Safai in excess of $700,000.

But on Tuesday, that amount of spending increased by $50,000 against Alvarenga, bringing the total spending against her to $1.1 million, the most facing any candidate in all six Board of Supervisors contests.

“I feel in the bottom of my heart that money doesn’t buy elections all the time,” Alvarenga told the San Francisco Examiner on Monday. “Corporate interests have tried to buy elections in San Francisco for a while now.”

But she pointed to certain contests where they tried and failed, such as Supervisor Eric Mar’s re-election bid in 2012 and most recently in November 2015 when Supervisor Aaron Peskin defeated his opponent, mayoral appointee and tech-backed Julie Christensen.

“Now they are trying here in District 11,” Alvarenga said Monday.

Third-party spending in support of Safai has totaled $753,770, which includes money from tech and real estate interests. Spending against Safai totaled $440,000 Tuesday.

Third-party spending benefiting Alvarenga totaled $207,587, which included funding from tenant groups and SEIU 1021.

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