Ronen wins to represent SF’s changing Mission District

Progressive Hillary Ronen appears to have defeated three opponents to become the next District 9 supervisor to represent the Mission.

Ronen is the legislative aide to the district’s current supervisor, David Campos, and her top contender was Joshua Arce, a community liaison with construction trade union Local 261.

The two were vying to represent the Mission, which is largely considered ground zero of San Francisco’s impacts of soaring rents and tech boom.

The other two candidates in the race included Iswari España, a training officer for the Human Services Agency and Melissa San Miguel, a former policy manager for the National Center for Youth Law.

Ronen said Tuesday she has mixed feelings about Election Night. On one hand, she’s proud that her candidacy is doing so well since it represents the continuation of the progressive leadership the area had under termed out Supervisor David Campos, though she added her possible victory will be overshadowed if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins nationally.

“[People in] District 9 are looking for progressive leadership,” Ronen said. “No matter what, we are San Francisco,” she said, adding that she’s proud to be from a place that represents equality.

Ronen has said she considered herself a part of a larger movement to preserve the progressive majority bloc on the Board of Supervisors, which favors tougher affordable housing requirements and stricter regulations on tech companies than the moderates.

She listed as her accomplishments Campos’ legislative victories, like regulating tenant buyouts and free Muni rides for youths.

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