Breed reclaims seat on Board of Supervisors

Board of Supervisors President London Breed reclaimed her seat on the board representing District 5 on Tuesday, beating out challenger Dean Preston, a housing rights lawyer.

Voters supported Breed, a Western Addition native who was first elected to the board in 2012, above Preston, who is from New York but has lived in the district for two decades and considered himself the more progressive candidate.

The District 5 race was among those that could influence whether the board remains dominated by the progressive bloc.

The district, which is perhaps the most centrally located in The City and also the most varied, stretches from the edge of Golden Gate Park to the Western Addition. It includes the Inner Sunset, the Panhandle, lower Pacific Heights, Japantown, the Fillmore and Hayes Valley.

Preston had tried to center his election bid on righting The City’s housing crisis, while Breed touted her local roots and track record of addressing neighborhood issues, including underserved groups.

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