Moderates mobilize for November battle

Laces are tightening on the political boxing gloves with one pro-moderate group issuing a battle cry to take on the progressives this November, and enlisting the support of a well-known corner coach.

In 2007, pro-business San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth launched as an organization with a focus of shifting The City’s politics from progressive to moderate by influencing the outcome of November’s election, when seven seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for grabs.

“CRG are preparing for an all-out attack with other like minded groups and now is our time to be counted,” the chairman of the organization, John Keogan, said to group members in a letter obtained by The Examiner. Keogan asks members for their support in “taking S.F. on a sharp turn to the right.”

The group is also using the political wisdom of Alex Tourk, former deputy chief of staff and former campaign manager for Mayor Gavin Newsom. Tourk has launched the so-called “10K Strong campaign,” an effort to “identify 10,000 voters in San Francisco and turn them out to vote for real change.”

Past president and current board member Luke O’Brien said, “We’re really just about trying to make San Francisco a better city to do business in no matter what business that might be.”

O’Brien said the group’s membership is private — numbering in the hundreds — and includes those in the construction and real estate field. He also said the group’s war chest is “healthy.” Members’ concerns include how long it takes to obtain project approval and also development-impact fees for proposed new zoning controls in eastern neighborhoods.

One of the most public displays of progressive strategy to win in November was the progressives’ successful effort to gain control of the Democratic Central Committee, influential for its endorsements.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Change in leadership

Of the seven Board of Supervisors seats up for grabs this November, four have no incumbent. Some candidates are: 

District 1

Eric Mar

Sue Lee

Alicia Wang

District 3

Joseph Alioto Jr.

Claudine Cheng

David Chiu

Mike DeNunzio

Tony Gantner

Lynn Jefferson

Denise McCarthy

District 9

David Campos

Eric Quezada

Eva Royale

Mark Sanchez

Eric Storey

District 11

John Avalos

Randall Knox

Myrna Lim

Julio Ramos

Ahsha Safai

Note: Does not include complete list of candidates running

Source: Department of Elections

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