San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee voted to endorse a slew of candidates Wednesday night in five local races appearing on the November ballot, potentially boosting the campaigns of candidates whose fundraising efforts have fallen short of others.
The committee threw the weight of the local Democratic Party behind a combined 14 candidates vying for seats on the Board of Supervisors, school board, City College board and Bay Area Rapid Transit board.
The committee also endorsed two candidates for a single San Francisco Superior Court judge position: Police Commissioner Victor Hwang and Paul Henderson, an adviser to Mayor Ed Lee.
Democratic voters in San Francisco are likely to use the endorsements as a road map as they fill out a dense ballot in November, which also includes 25 local propositions.
The San Francisco Republican Party is expected to release its endorsements in September.
For city supervisor, the DCCC endorsed incumbents Aaron Peskin, Norman Yee and President London Breed, as well as current Board of Education member Sandra Fewer for District 1 and Hillary Ronen, legislative aide to Supervisor David Campos, for District 9.
Ronen beat out Joshua Arce, a civil rights attorney, for an endorsement that could help her in the upcoming election.
Arce spent more than $180,000 on his campaigns for city supervisor and DCCC in the first half of the year, according to filings. Ronen, by comparison, spent some $115,000 on her supervisorial campaign during the same time.
The DCCC decided to endorse no one for the District 11 seat. The vote was split down the middle for candidate Ahsha Safai, who needed one more vote to receive the endorsement.
None of the 30 individuals on the committee voted for progressive Kimberly Alvarenga.
As for the Board of Education, the DCCC endorsed incumbent Rachel Norton and school board President Matt Haney, as well as startup CEO Stevon Cook and former school board head Mark Sanchez. There are 11 candidates running for four open seats on the school board.
While Fewer is leaving her seat behind in her bid for city supervisor, Norton, Haney and longtime Commissioner Jill Wynns are up for re-election.
So far, Cook and Haney have brought in more than any other candidates in the school board race. In their end of June campaign filings, Cook reported that he fundraised $31,812 while Haney brought in $48,545.
Sanchez reported just $2,993, according to filings.
In the CCSF Board of Trustees race, the DCCC voted to endorse current President Rafael Mandelman and incumbent Alex Randolph, while also endorsing local bar owner and LGBT activist Tom Temprano in his second attempt at a seat as well as Shanell Williams.
Williams is a former student trustee and, to her surprise, was in the middle of the pack when it came to campaign fundraising reported at the end of June with $10,004 in contributions.
Amy Bacharach, a current board member, is also vying to keep her seat in November but was not endorsed by the DCCC. She had also fundraised less than any other CCSF candidates by June 30 with $4,680 in contributions.
As for BART Board of Directors, the committee overwhelmingly endorsed former city homeless czar Bevan Dufty.
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez contributed to this report.Politics