Safai appears to win District 11 supervisor seat

District 11 supervisor candidate Ahsha Safai appears to have defeated his progressive opponent Kimberly Alvarenga and three others Tuesday, meaning San Francisco’s southwestern neighborhoods will be represented by a moderate politician.

Safai, a political director for SEIU Local 87, the janitors union, said his plans for District 11include the creation of a community benefit district, a tax credit for businesses to hire “hard to employ” residents and working with building owners to let artists use their empty spaces pro bono.

He also supports equipping police officers with Tasers and changing the hiring process for police officers to help increase the diversity of the rank and file..

Alvarenga had highlighted her plans for such initiatives as a “blight tax” to hold landlords “responsible for the rest of the community.” She wanted to see workforce housing for families along the commercial corridors and to have the Recreation and Parks Department clubhouses open more often.

The other candidates in the race were Francisco Herrera, a musician and educator, Berta Hernandez, a community health educator, and Magdalena de Guzman, a public school teacher.

Safai replaces progressive Supervisor John Avalos, who is termed out.

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