Newly elected District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston was sworn in Monday at a City Hall ceremony.
Preston, 50, a tenant rights advocate known for his authorship of Proposition F, which created a right to city-subsidized legal counsel for those facing eviction, is the first Democratic Socialist elected to city office since former Supervisor Harry Britt.
“This movement is not new, though its access to power at city hall may be increasing today,” Preston said in a statement. “It is the continuation of social movements alive and well in the streets of San Francisco for generations. The organizing work of communities of color, of women, of tenants, of workers, of artists, of neighborhood activists, that have created the tapestry that is San Francisco.”
Preston was elected in November after a close race against former Supervisor Vallie Brown. He is completing the term begun by Mayor London Breed when she was District 5 Supervisor, and will need to run again next year to defend his seat.
Preston said his priorities include opening a Navigation Center in District 5, free transportation, tenants rights to counsel and preserving small business.