District 1 candidate Connie Chan and current District 1 Supervisor Sandy Fewer in the Richmond District on October 18, 2020.(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

District 1 candidate Connie Chan and current District 1 Supervisor Sandy Fewer in the Richmond District on October 18, 2020.(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Connie Chan declares victory in D1 contest after Philhour concedes

Progressive candidate Connie Chan declared victory Sunday evening after her opponent conceded in the nail-biter District 1 contest.

Chan’s victory comes after she jumped to a lead in the race on Friday and has since remained ahead by more than 100 votes. At one point in the contest, her moderate challenger Marjan Philhour had led by as many as 87 votes.

Chan’s lead over Philhour was 123 votes in the latest tally, or 17,030 votes to 16,907.

“We are thrilled to share our victory in the District 1 Supervisor race!” Chan wrote in a tweet. “Thank you to our dedicated volunteers and working families throughout the Richmond District.”

Chan was leading by 147 votes on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work on behalf of all the Richmond District residents as we look to recover from the pandemic, help our working and immigrant families and small businesses,” Chan said.

Hours before Chan declared victory Philhour conceded in a statement on Twitter.

“I want to take this opportunity to share my gratitude for all your help in this campaign, during a time like no other we have ever experienced,” Philhour said. “While the results of the election are not what we had hoped, I wish our incoming Supervisor all the best when she assumes office in January.”

Sunday’s update came after the Department of Elections counted 238 ballots in the District 1 contest since Saturday for a total of 35,325.

District 1 has had representation from a progressive since district elections began in 2000, but Philhour had hoped to end that streak. She previously ran against current office holder Supervisor Sandra Fewer.

Breed, also a moderate, had endorsed Philhour, her former mayoral advisor.

This was the only close supervisor contest of the six held on Nov. 3.

The Department of Elections said there remain about 4,500 ballots citywide left to count.


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