San Francisco Stays the Course

by on November 4, 2020

Incumbents Win Big; Philhour Takes Late Lead in D1

San Francisco stayed the course on Nov. 3, as mayor and supervisor-backed ballot measures all won and incumbent supervisors Dean Preston and Ahsha Safai won easily. But there may be one major course change: the most recent count in D1 voters gave Marjan Philhour a 43 vote lead over Connie Chan. Myrna Melgar appears headed for victory in D7. As I wrote, the key was her getting ranked choice votes from Vilaska Nguyen, and this swung her into the lead.

State Senator Scott Wiener easily overcame a challenge from Jackie Fielder. The race again confirmed that while a majority of San Francisco Supervisors routinely oppose new market rate infill housing, voters in citywide elections back pro-housing candidates.

All of my predictions were correct (for now) as in D1 I defied conventional wisdom and saw Marjan Philhour winning. She can still win but the race is not final. Chan’s decision to align with conservative David Lee helped her greatly, as Lee’s second place votes were split between the two leading candidates instead of primarily going to Philhour.



Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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