DCCC Endorse Norton, Yee, Fewer and Mak

by Ben Malley on August 28, 2008

As Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden addressed the National Convention in Denver, the San Francisco DCCC voted to endorse Rachel Norton, Norman Yee, Jaynry Mak and Sandra Lee Fewer in the Board of Education race. With Eric Mar and Mark Sanchez running for Supervisor in Districts 1 and 9, respectively, only incumbents Jill Wynns and Norman Yee are running for re-election – with four seats at stake.

Norton led the vote getters with 24, receiving support from both the progressive and moderate members of the committee. Norman Yee was the only incumbent endorsed receiving 23 votes. Mak and Fewer both finished with 18 votes receiving most of their support from progressive members.

Longtime incumbent Jill Wynns, who has been on the Board since 1992, did not receive an endorsement and finished with 14 votes, mostly from moderate members. Wynns has been one of the most vocal supporters of JROTC on the Board, and the DCCC voted 20-10 against Measure V, the JROTC policy statement at their last meeting. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who sent a proxy, has endorsed Measure V – but did not support Wynns’ School Board candidacy.

Wynns’ failure to receive the DCCC endorsement brings to mind Dan Kelly, another longtime Board of Education member, who was defeated in 2006 after losing progressive support and not receiving the DCCC endorsement.

Others receiving votes included Emily Murase with 13, Bobbi Lopez with 10 and Kimberly Wicoff with three. DCCC member Debra Walker, who cast a vote for Lopez, announced that after December, there will be no lesbian elected officials in San Francisco – unless Lopez wins.

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