District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston speaks to his supporters inside Noir Lounge during election night on Nov. 5, 2019. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston speaks to his supporters inside Noir Lounge during election night on Nov. 5, 2019. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Preston holds commanding lead in rematch for District 5 supervisor

Supervisor Dean Preston held a commanding lead in the race to retain his District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors as election night ended Tuesday.

Preston was ahead over his main opponent, former Supervisor Vallie Brown, with more than 51 percent of the first-choice vote, according to the last results of the night released early Wednesday.

Preston has 17,329 first-choice votes, 3,768 votes over his challenger Brown. The contest does not go to ranked-choice voting if a candidate can secure more than 50 percent of the vote.

Reached Wednesday morning, Preston said he had not declared victory but the vote “seems to be decisive.”

Preston appears to have defeated Brown despite an onslaught of outside spending on attack ads over his handling of homelessness.

The race was a rematch between the two candidates.

Brown, the leading moderate, narrowly lost to Preston last November after Mayor London Breed appointed her to the seat.

Preston is a progressive and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Preston and Brown were among four candidates in the race.

Further results are expected to be released Wednesday afternoon.

This story has been updated with additional information.



Bay Area NewsElection 2020Politicssan francisco news

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

Smoking cannabis. (Shutterstock)
Supes ban tobacco smoking in apartments but exempt cannabis

San Francisco banned smoking and vaping of tobacco in apartments Tuesday night,… Continue reading

Dr. Grant Colfax and Mayor London Breed said new restrictions could come this week due to rising COVID-19 cases.<ins> (Examiner screenshot)</ins>
Breed: ‘More restrictive action’ needed to slow spread of COVID-19

San Francisco officials said Tuesday tougher restrictions will soon be imposed to… Continue reading

Most Read