Early returns show Shamann Walton leading in the District 10 contest

Shamann Walton was out front in early returns in the District 10 race with 42 percent of voters’ first choices, ahead by about 1,300 votes of second top vote-getter Tony Kelly.

The early vote counts are largely those from early voting and vote by mail ballots received by the Department of Elections before Tuesday.

Walton, executive director of Young Community Developers, was among the top fundraisers in the race to represent Bayview-Hunters Point and Potrero Hill, along with Theo Ellington, current board president of the Bayview Opera House, and Tony Kelly, president of the Potrero Hill Democratic Club.

While Kelly, a progressive candidate, was backed by the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America and Supervisor Jane Kim, Walton also picked up a number of progressive endorsements.

San Francisco District 10 Supervisor candidate Tony Kelly arrives at Thee Parkside to join campaign supporters awaiting the first results of reporting of the General Election on November 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Chris Victorio – Special to S.F. Examiner.

One of the biggest challenges facing the incoming supervisor is the unresolved scandal over the Navy’s cleanup of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, which has stalled large-scale development plans for the site.

Current District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is termed out of office in January.

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