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Thousands of dollars pouring in for hotly contested races in District 4, District 6

Several candidates who are vying for the five seats on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs this November have raised tens of thousands of dollars in the past three months, with one District 4 candidate collecting more than $150,000, according to campaign finance documents filed Thursday.

Political watchers have their eyes on the District 4 and District 6 races, the only races considered wide-open.

Campaign finance documents, which every candidate had to file by Thursday, show the amount of political campaign contributions candidates have received between July 1 and Sept. 30.

They often give a strong indication of which candidate is most likely to win.

“The reality is most of the time, the candidate with the most money wins,” said Eric Jaye, a San Francisco-based political consultant.

District 4 candidate Doug Chan, a former police commissioner who has been endorsed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, raised the most over the three-month period with $155,509, bringing his total amount raised this year to $219,801.

Chan “kicked his campaign into very high gear” after the first of the campaign finance filings in late June showed his opponent Jaynry Mak, a former aide to District 4 supervisor FIona Ma, had quickly raised more than $100,000, said David Latterman, a San Francisco political analyst.

Mak’s ability to raise that much money in such a short time made Chan campaigners “nervous,” and they reacted by raising “a huge amount of money,” Latterman said.

Chan and Mak are the top money raisers vying for the District 4 seat, which Ma will vacate to run for the 12th Assembly District.

Since June 30, Mak’s fundraising slowed down, with $31,930 raised between July 1 and Sept. 30.

District 6 Incumbent Chris Daly has not slowed down in his fundraising efforts, having raised $87,075 in the past three months, for atotal of $142,576 this year.

Rob Black, who is viewed as Daly’s strongest challenger and has also been endorsed by Newsom, pulled in $31,317 in the past three months for a total of $57,726.

Most observers agree that incumbents in the other three races are safe. District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier has raised $108,375 this year and does not face a serious contender.

District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who only accepts a maximum of $100 contributions even though the law allows $500, has nonetheless raised a total of $96,679 this year.

District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell has raised $70,791 this year, far exceeding what her opponents have raised.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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