Ed Lee can now count three former San Francisco mayors among his supporters after a timely endorsement Monday from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who orchestrated Lee’s appointment in January.
Speaking at a tech company tour in South of Market on Monday, Newsom endorsed Lee for mayor, joining former mayors Dianne Feinstein and Willie Brown in supporting the interim municipal chief for a full four-year term. Read More
Early voting for the Nov. 8 election began in typical fashion Tuesday with mayoral hopefuls casting ballots on the ground floor of City Hall. As expected, the obligatory entourage of supporters and members of the press snapped photos as the candidates voted for themselves. Read More
In just seven weeks, Mayor Ed Lee has managed to raise more money for his campaign than his opponents — including those who have been running for mayor for more than a year.
About 1,900 donors filled up Lee’s war chest in the weeks following the mayor’s Aug. 8 entrance into the race in pursuit of a full four-year term. The contributions totaled $748,008, according to campaign finance filings filed Thursday with the Ethics Commission covering the period between July 1 and Sept. 24. Read More
Supporters of San Francisco’s public campaign financing law wanted a leveling of the political playing field, but what they might not have considered was precisely how those taxpayer funds would be spent in the midst of a contentious race. Read More
With less than two months left until November’s election, a new question is dividing candidates in the mayoral race: Is the Central Subway a train to nowhere?
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Even in defiantly weird San Francisco, a howling Wookiee on the morning bus still grabs a few smiles. Some might call it a cheap campaign gimmick, but Board of Supervisors President and mayoral candidate David Chiu thinks co-opting the “Star Wars” character Chewbacca is a fun way to build name recognition. Read More
After Public Defender Jeff Adachi entered the mayoral race on Aug. 12, polling firm Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 500 likely voters to determine the No. 1 choice among the newly expanded field of candidates. The poll, commissioned by an independent expenditure committee not advocating for any mayoral candidate, was conducted over the phone from Aug. 14-16. Read More
Even though The City’s voters get only three choices for mayor, the San Francisco Police Officers Association on Thursday defied the logic of the ranked-choice system by endorsing four candidates: Mayor Ed Lee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and former supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michela Alioto-Pier. Read More
Millions of dollars have already been raised by candidates in the mayoral race, but a surge of cash is about to be injected into the contest as third-party support groups prepare to spend freely to boost their favorite candidate.
Despite strict limitations on how much a mayoral candidate can raise from individuals and spending caps dictated by accepting public financing, there remains an often-exploited loophole that allows limitless cash to be raised and spent. Read More
Often a mix of droning platitudes, stadium-style heckling and “gotcha” questions, mayoral debates this campaign season haven’t done much to distinguish candidates from each other. The debates are normally packed with strong supporters or detractors — the political junkies who have often made up their minds long before the debates. Read More