California Target Book

San Francisco County

  San Diego



President '12
President '08
U.S. Senator '12
Prop 30 - Tax Increase '12
Obama (D-Inc)
Romney (R)
83.6%
13.1%
Obama (D)
McCain (R)
84.2%
13.7%
Feinstein(D-Inc)
Emken (R)
88.5%
11.5%
Yes
No 
77.2%
22.8%
Governor '14
Governor '10
Secretary of State '14
U.S. Senator '10 
Brown (D-Inc)
Kashkari (R)
88.15%
11.85%
Brown (D)
Whitman (R)
78.9%
17.7%
Padilla (D) 
Peterson (R) 
78.5%
21.5%
Boxer (D-Inc)
Fiorina (R)
80.0%
16.2%

LOCATION: San Francisco encompasses a land area of 46.87 square miles on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, making it the smallest county in the state. With a density of 18,187 people per square mile, it is the most densely settled large city in California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City.

San Francisco (Spanish for “Saint Francis”) was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. Due to the growth of its population, San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. During World War II, San Francisco was the port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater.After the war, the confluence of returning servicemen, massive immigration, liberalizing attitudes, and other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States.

San Francisco is a popular tourist destination known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, and its Chinatown district. San Francisco is also the headquarters of five major banking institutions and an exploding array of tech companies (including Salesforce.com, Dropbox, Reddit, Square, Inc., Airbnb, Weebly, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, and Craigslist). As it has become the preferred bedroom community for Silicon Valley, rapid gentrification and limited housing stock has pushed rents up to among the highest in the nation and sparked tension between the ethnically diverse middle class and the rapid influx of tech workers.



CITIES: San Francisco




Legislative Districts: 
AD17 (57.68%)  AD19 (42.32%) 
SD11 (100.00%) 
CD12 (88.47%)  CD14 (11.53%) 









VOTER REGISTRATION:

1990Total Registered 409334; Dem 64.76%; Rep 18.67%; NPP 13.93%
2000Total Registered 486161; Dem 56.26%; Rep 13.6%; NPP 23.68%
2010Total Registered 465120; Dem 56.23%; Rep 9.49%; NPP 29.66%
2015: Total Registered 432799; Dem 55.43%; Rep 8.24%; NPP 31.46%

US CENSUS:

1990: Population 723959; White 53.56%; Black 10.92%; Latino 13.91%; Asian 29.13%
2000: Population 776733; White 49.66%; Black 7.79%; Latino 14.1%; Asian 30.84%
2010: Population 805235; White 48.48%; Black 6.07%; Latino 15.12%; Asian 33.27%


Board of Supervisors

*All of California's Board of Supervisors races are officially non-partisan. However, the California Target Book has endeavored to list each candidate's party affiliation, when available.

District 1

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 37,632; Dem 52.24%, Rep 9.22%; NPP 33.72%


INCUMBENT:

ERIC MAR (b. 8/15/62) was first elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2008.  He chairs the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  Prior to his election to Supervisor,  he served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Unified School District From 2001 to 2009 and on the San Francisco County Democratic Central Committee.  An Asian American Studies Professor at San Francisco State University, he held the position of Assistant Dean for the New College Law School in San Francisco from 1993-1997.  He received bachelor's degrees in Applied Behavioral Sciences and Ethnic Studies from UC-Davis and a JD from New College of California.  He has lived in the Richmond District since 1986.

TERM LIMIT: 2016


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: Eric Mar is termed-out in 2016. At the present time, five candidates have filed.

MARJAN PHILHOUR (D) is the President of Philhour & Associates, a firm providing strategic advice and professional services to campaigns, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 companies, training campaigns in all areas ranging from fundraising to communications and mail.  She began her career as a special assistant to Congressman Tom Lantos in 1996, was a staff assistant to New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and a legislative assistant to Michigan Congresswoman Lynn Rivers. In 2001 she returned to California from DC to serve as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff in Governor Gray Davis' office.  In 2003, she joined the John Kerry presidential campaign as a caucus coordinator, then later as Northwest Deputy Finance Director.  In 2011, Philhour was selected as one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States by the Filipina Women's Network.  She holds a bachelor's in Political Science from UC-Berkeley.  Born in the Richmond district, she resides there today with her husband, Byron, a high-school physics teacher.  They have three children.  ENDORSEMENTS: Supervisors Malia Cohen, London Breed, Katy Tang, and Scott Wiener; California State Controller Betty Yee.

JONATHAN LYENS (D) is a Project Manager for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He previously served as an employee relations representative for the San Francisco Department of Human Resources.  The Vice President of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center Board of Directors, he is also President of the FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco. Lyens, who is visually impaired, previously served as Fiscal and Policy Assistant in the Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance, as Policy Advisor to the Janet Reilly for Supervisor campaign, and as Campaign Manager for Eric Holm's unsuccessful 2009 run for San Rafael City Council.  In 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Lyens to the Area Board V of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  He holds a masters in Public Administration from East Carolina University, and currently resides in the Richmond District.

RICHIE GREENBERG (D) is a Small Business Advisor and consultant. A San Francisco resident since 2001, he began his professional career operating a Sole Practicioner Tax and Payroll service from 1989 to 1994. He later served as the president of his local chapter of Business Network International. He attended CSU-Fullerton and studied Hebrew at the University of Haifa. He resides in the Richmond.

 

ANDY THORNLEY has been a Senior Analyst with the Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency since 2012. He previously served as Policy Director and Program Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, on the Board of TransForm, and as a Founding Roustabout for the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. He holds a bachelor's in Political Science from New York University. He resides in the Richmond District.

SANDRA LEE FEWER (D) is the President of the San Francisco Board of Education, and has served on the board since 2009.  From 2001-2009, Fewer was the Director of Parent Organizing and Education Policy at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.  A graduate of the San Francisco Unified School District, she holds a bachelors in Justice Administration and a masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. A fourth-generation San Franciscan, she currently resides in the Richmond District with her husband, John, a San Francisco police officer.  They have three children. ENDORSEMENTS: Supervisors David Campos, Aaron Peskin


BRIAN LARKIN is a perennial candidate. He previously ran for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Board of Directors in 2010, finishing 3rd with 22.85% of the vote. He ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2008, finishing 4th with 3.47% of the vote. He is the principal at Larkin & Associates, an engineering consulting firm with a focus on construction project-related services. He served as a BART Supervising Project Engineer from 1988 to 1997, as a Senior Supervising Engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff from 1999 to 2001, and as a Senior Consultant for Hill International from 2001 to 2007. He has been a Deputy Squadron Commander for the Civil Air Patrol and served on the South East Asian Community Center Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015., He holds a bachelor's from the University at Buffalo and a masters in Mechanical Engineering from UC-Berkeley.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Philhour

Lyens

Greenberg

Thornley  (no committee yet)


Fewer  (no committee yet)








District 2

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 42,867; Dem 49.40%; Rep 16.74%; NPP 29.37%


INCUMBENT:

MARK FARRELL was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and was re-elected in 2014.  He currently chairs the Budget and Finance Committee, is a founding member of the 2016-17 Super Bowl Bid Committee, and serves on multiple local and state boards and committees. Prior to his election, he served as a mid-level director of Quest Hospitality Ventures, a venture capital firm, and is currently a Managing Director for Thayer Ventures.  He previously practiced law for three years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing venture capital firms and technology companies in private financings and merger & acquisitions transactions.  Born and raised in San Francisco, he holds a bachelor's from Loyola, a masters from University College Dublin in Ireland, and a JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He resides in the Jordan Park neighborhood with his wife and three children.

TERM LIMIT: 2018


CAMPAIGN 2018 PREVIEW: Mark Farrell will be termed-out in 2018.  At the present time, no candidate has filed to succeed him.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

(*note: to access individual reports, click on the 'CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS' link above first to start a new session)

Farrell







District 3

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 32,784; Dem 49.46%; Rep 9.90%; NPP 35.8%


INCUMBENT:

AARON PESKIN (D) was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000, then won re-election by a decisive margin in 2004.  While he was termed out in 2008, the specific language in San Francisco's term-limits clause only prohibits two consecutive terms, making no mention of non-consecutive terms. He won election in a 53%/43.2% contest in November 2015, defeating Julie Christensen, Ed Lee's appointed successor to fill the vacancy created when David Chiu won election to the Assembly in 2014. During Peskin's first stint as Supervisor, he wrote and won approval for 205 ordinances, making him the most prolific supervisor during that time period. An environmental activist and water rights negotiator, he is the President of Great Basin Land and Water, an organization committed to preserving and enhancing the ecological, natural, scenic land and water resources in the Great Basin areas of Nevada, Utah, and California. 

TERM LIMIT:2024


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: Aaron Peskin will be up for election to a full 4-year term in 2016. At the present time, two candidates have pulled papers to challenge him.

KIM TERCA is the Director of Press Relations and UX at Netvibes, a tech firm offering a personalized dashboard publishing platform for the web. She previously worked as an account manager for Bhava Communications, as a Senior Account Manager for Clement Communications, as a PR Consultant for Page One PR, and as a Paralegal for Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten. She holds a bachelor's in Psychology from Harvard.

JASON C ZENG is a data analyst at Cadreon: IPG Mediabrands. He previously served as editor for SF Tech Beat, as a marketing data analyst for Mediasmith, and as a finance intern for Foundation Investment Group. He studied Economics and Plant Science at UC-Berkeley.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Peskin


CAMPAIGN 2015: Julie Christensen was appointed to the board in January, 2015 to fill the vacancy created when David Chiu was elected to the State Assembly (see AD17). She faced election on November 3rd for the remaining year in her term.  Former Supervisor Aaron Peskin defeated Christensen, winning 53% of the vote to Christensen's 43.2%. The race was flooded with over $1M in outside independent expenditure spending, with developers and police unions backing Christensen. Christensen had the support of Lee, Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and the moderate bloc of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In spite of this, her campaign made several missteps, including criticizing Supervisor Jane Kim for promoting what Christensen characterized as overblown stories of landlords evicting tenants for trivial matters. Kim responded with a social media campaign identified by the hashtag #DearJulieImReal that prompted a flood of anecdotal stories. Amid the onslaught, the main beneficiary was Aaron Peskin, the progressive supported by tenants' rights groups and affordable housing proponents. With his election, the balance of power in the Board of Supervisors has tilted from the moderate bloc (Supervisors Christensen, Farrell, Breed, Tang, Cohen, and Wiener) to the progressive bloc (Supervisors Kim, Yee, Campos, Avalos, Mar, and now Peskin). Peskin will be up for election for his first full 4-year term next year in 2016. Supervisors Kim and Wiener are both seeking election to the 11th Senate District Seat being vacated by Mark Leno, who is termed out in 2016. Should Kim win that race, Lee will be able to appoint her replacement and temporarily shift the Board's center of gravity back in his direction. 

*Data retrieved from reports filed 9/19

JULIE CHRISTENSEN was appointed to the Board of Supervisors by Mayor Ed Lee in January 2015 to fill a vacancy created when David Chiu won his election to the 17th Assembly District.  Prior to her appointment, she was the principal at Surface Work since 1981, a product strategy and appearance consultancy firm working with a number of Fortune 500 companies. Her firm consulted on the design of Microsoft's XBox, KitchenAid's iconic Stand Mixer, and the Palm Treo PDA.  She came to California to join the San Francisco office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill.  She resides in the North Beach neighborhood with her husband.  While Supervisors are limited to two four-year terms, as an appointed member, her first two years are not subject to the term-limit requirements, and she can potentially serve until 2024. ENDORSEMENTS: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Sen Dianne Feinstein, Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Democratic Party, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, and Supervisors Mark Farrell, London Breed, Katy Tang, and Scott Wiener.

WILMA PANG (NPP) is a perennial candidate who ran for Supervisor in 2008 and 2012 and for Mayor in 2011.  Her highest recorded share of the vote in any election has been 4.4%. She holds bachelor's and masters degrees in Music Education from San Francisco State University.





AARON PESKIN (D) was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2000, then won re-election by a decisive margin in 2004.  While he was termed out in 2008, the specific language in San Francisco's term-limits clause only prohibits two consecutive terms, making no mention of non-consecutive terms.  During his first stint as Supervisor, he wrote and won approval for 205 ordinances, making him the most prolific supervisor during that time period. An environmental activist and water rights negotiator, he is the President of Great Basin Land and Water, an organization committed to preserving and enhancing the ecological, natural, scenic land and water resources in the Great Basin areas of Nevada, Utah, and California. ENDORSEMENTS: Sierra Club, San Francisco Tenants Union, Affordable Housing Alliance, Sen. Mark Leno, Asm. Phil Ting, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, Supervisors Eric Mar, Jane Kim, Norman Yee, David Campos, and John Avalos.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Christensen

Peskin

Pang 


INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE ACTIVITY:

(as of 11/03)







District 4

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 38,084; Dem 48.08%; Rep 9.49%; NPP 37.52%


INCUMBENT:

KATY TANG (D) was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 2013 to fill the vacancy created when Mayor Ed Lee appointed Carmen Chu to the office of Assessor-Recorder, which itself was vacated when Phil Ting won election to the State Assembly (see AD19). She won election for the remainder of the term in November, 2013, then won election to a full term in 2014, running unopposed.  Prior to her appointment, she served for five years as an aide to Carmen Chu. She earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History from UC Davis, graduating in 3 years.  She resides in the Sunset District.

TERM LIMIT: 2022


CAMPAIGN 2018 PREVIEW: Katy Tang will be up for re-election in 2018.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Tang








District 5

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 47,212; Dem 60.10%; Rep 4.84%; NPP 29.27%


INCUMBENT:

LONDON BREED was elected to her first term on the Board of Supervisors in November 2012. Prior to her election, she served as Executive Director of the African-American Art & Culture Complex (Western Addition) for ten years beginning in 2002, overseeing the transformation of that organization into an independent non-profit.  She served as a Commissioner for the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and as a member of the San Francisco Fire Commission.  Raised by her grandmother in public housing in the Western Addition, she earned her bachelor's in Political Science from UC-Davis and received a masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.  She currently resides in the Lower Haight neighborhood.

TERM LIMIT: 2020


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: London Breed will be up for re-election in 2016.  At the present time, one challenger has filed.

DEAN PRESTON  is the founder and Executive Director of Tenants Together, a statewide organization tackling renter's rights issues.  An attorney with expertise on tenants rights, Preston regularly testified before the state legislature on tenant rights issues and has been involved in numerous ballot campaigns at the local and state level.  In 2008, Dean played a key role in the campaign against Proposition 98, a ballot measure that would have abolished rent control statewide.  Prior to launching Tenants Together, Dean was a staff attorney at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco for seven years. He holds a bachelor's from Bowdoin College and a JD from the University Of California, Hastings College of the Law.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Breed

Preston








District 6

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 33,216; Dem 53.22%; Rep 7.25%; NPP 34.10%


INCUMBENT:

JANE KIM  (b. 7/9/1977) was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010, winning re-election in 2014.  The first Korean American elected official in San Francisco, she previously mounted an unsuccessful run for the San Francisco Board of Education in 2004 as a member of the Green Party, finishing 7th in a field of 12 candidates.  In 2006, she made another run and was ultimately successful. After the election of Barack Obama, Kim changed her party registration to Democratic, and in 2010 she was elected president of the San Francisco Board of Education.  She holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Asian American Studies from Stanford, and she received her law degree from UC-Berkely.  She was admitted to the State Bar in 2009.  Born in Manhattan to parents who emigrated from Seoul in 1971, she currently resides in the SoMa neighborhood.

At the present time, she has filed to join the race to succeed Mark Leno in the 11th State Senate district, pitting her against fellow supervisor Scott Wiener (District 8).

TERM LIMIT: 2018


CAMPAIGN 2018 PREVIEW: Jane Kim will be termed-out in 2018. At the present time, no candidate has filed to succeed her.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

(*note: to access individual reports, click on the 'CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS' link above first to start a new session)

Kim 








District 7

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 42,063; Dem 53.69%; Rep 12.36%; NPP 29.31%


INCUMBENT:

NORMAN YEE (b. 7/29/1949) was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012.  Prior to that, he served on the San Francisco Board of Education for 8 years, first winning election in 2004.  Yee spearheaded the creation of numerous civic organizations and initiatives, including San Francisco Early Head Start Program, the Asian Parent Education Network, the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association, and the Chinatown Beacon Center.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association and the Chinese Culture Foundation.  He holds a bachelor's in Civil Engineering from UC-Berkeley and a masters in Elementary Education from San Francisco State University. He resides in Westwood Park with his wife Cathy.  They have two daughters.

TERM LIMIT: 2020


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: Norman Yee will be up for re-election in 2016. At the present time, two moderates have filed to challenge the progressive-leaning Yee, including a Senior Advisor to Mayor Ed Lee. A third candidate is a political unknown.

BEN MATRANGA (D) is a Senior Advisor in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's office covering street safety and transportation initiatives and a Fellow at FUSE Corps, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that enables local governments to more effectively address challenges facing urban communities. After a high school internship with the San Francisco Ethics Commission, he was appointed by then-Supervisor Barbara Kaufman to two terms on the San Francisco Youth Commission, serving from 1999 to 2001. Matranga, who has a background in finance, has worked as a Consultant and Investment Officer for the Soros Economic Development Fund and as a Consultant for EA Consultants. A fifth-generation San Franciscan who grew up in Forest Hill, he holds a bachelor's in Economics and Political Science and a masters in Public Policy and Finance, both from New York University. He resides in the West Portal neighborhood with his wife.

JOEL ENGARDIO (D) is a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and the Sr. Manager of Content Marketing for Doctor on Demand. He previously ran for this seat in 2012, finishing 4th with 13.29% of the vote. A member of the Democratic Central Committee, he previously served as Associate Director of Communications for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, as a Consultant for Fenton Communications, as a Communication Strategist for the ACLU, as a Staff Writer for the San Francisco Weekly, and as a freelance reporter for the Ventura Bureau of the Los Angeles Times. He holds a bachelor's in Journalism and History from Michigan State University and a masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He resides in San Francisco with his husband Lionel Hsu.

MIKE YOUNG (D) is a political unknown. More information will be provided as it becomes available.








ALEXANDER LEE is a political unknown. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Yee

Matranga

  Engardio

  Young


District 8

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 53,026; Dem 65.06%; Rep 4.61%; NPP 25.58%


INCUMBENT:

SCOTT WIENER (b. 5/11/70) was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. A prominent LGBT activist, before being elected, Wiener served as a deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s office and supervised a team of trial attorneys. Wiener received his bachelor’s from Duke University and J.D. from Harvard Law School. He spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright Scholarship doing historical research. Wiener is a longtime resident of the Castro district.

Wiener will face fellow Supervisor Jane Kim in the 2016 race to succeed Mark Leno in the 11th Senate District.

TERM LIMIT: 2018


CAMPAIGN 2018 PREVIEW: Scott Wiener is termed-out in 2018 and running for State Senate in SD11.  At the present time, no candidate has filed to succeed him.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

(*note: to access individual reports, click on the 'CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS' link above first to start a new session)

Wiener








District 9

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 38,325; Dem 59.89%; Rep 4.62%; NPP 29.89%


INCUMBENT:

DAVID CAMPOS (b. 9/28/70) was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, taking office early in December when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed him to fill the vacancy created when outgoing Supervisor Tom Ammiano resigned early after his election to the State Assembly. Prior to his election, Campos was an appointed San Francisco Police Commissioner from 2005 to 2008. A former Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Campos was born in Guatemala and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1985. In 2014, Campos made an unsuccessful run for the State Assembly, narrowly losing to fellow supervisor David Chiu in a 51%/49% contest (see AD17).  He holds a bachelor's in Political Science from Stanford and a Law Degree from Harvard.  He resides in the Bernal Heights neighborhood with his husband, Phil Hwang.

TERM LIMIT: 2016


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: David Campos is termed-out in 2016. At the present time, four candidates have filed to succeed him, and like Campos, two (Lindo and Ronen) align with the progressive bloc of the Democratic party and were staunch supporters of the failed Mission District Development Moratorium Proposition I. Arce is being supported by the moderates.

EDWIN LINDO is a Bernal Heights community activist and Board Member of the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. An active member of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, he serves as a board member at Blueprint JD, which contributes to diversity in the legal profession. He previously served as Director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Achiever's Program, and as a consultant for Vormetric, a data security firm. He holds a bachelor's in Business Administration and Management  from University of the Pacific and a JD from the University of Washington School of Law. He resides in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. 

HILLARY RONEN (D) has worked in outgoing Supervisor David Campos' office since 2010, initially joining his staff as a legislative aide and later rising to Chief of Staff. She previously worked as an immigration attorney for La Raza Centro Legal from the mid 2000s until 2010. A staunch progressive, supporter of the city's sanctuary city policy, and a supporter of the Mission District development moratorium, her views are squarely in line with those of Campos, and she would likely serve as a reliable vote for the Board of Supervisor's progressive bloc. She holds a bachelor's from UC-San Diego and a JD from UC-Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in December of 2003. She resides in the Bernal Heights area with her husband, Francisco Ugarte, an Immigration attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's office. They have one child.

JOSHUA ARCE (D) is the Community Liaison for the 5,000 members of Laborers Union Local 261 and provides pro bono legal support to low-income residents of the Mission District. In 2005, he founded Brighltline Defense, a civil rights and environmental justice nonprofit, and currently serves on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. He has served as a delegate to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades and Labor Councils, as an elected member of the Sierra Club San Francisco Executive Committee, and as the President of the Commission on the Environment after his appointment by Mayor Ed Lee. A member of the State Bar of California since 2002, he holds a bachelor's in Political Science from UCLA and a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He resides in the Mission District with his wife, Lisa, an immigrants' rights lawyer. They have two children.

MELISSA SAN MIGUEL is a former elected delegate to the California Democratic Party's 17th Assembly District and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Young Democrats Latino Caucus. She has worked as an Executive Fellow for the California Department of Education, as a Project Assistant for California Forward, as a Legislative Affairs Coordinator and External Relations Associate with Education Trust - West, and as Policy Manager for the National Center for Youth Law. She holds a bachelor's in Political Science from UC-Berkeley and resides in San Francisco.

ISWARI ESPANA-MEJIA is a Workforce Program Manager for the San Francisco Success Center. He holds bachelor's degrees in Political Science and La Raza Studies from the San Francisco State University.








CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

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Lindo

Ronen

Arce

  Espana-Mejia








District 10

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 35,211; Dem 59.15%; Rep 5.23%; NPP 31.66%


INCUMBENT:

MALIA COHEN was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010, winning re-election in 2014.  She Chairs the Land Use and Transportation Committee and is Vice Chair of the San Francisco Transportation Authority Committee.  She is the President of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a member of the Rules Committee, and serves on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board.  She previously worked with Emerge, an organization training Democratic women in careers in politics, and worked as a field organizer for Gavin Newsom's first campaign for mayor. Upon his election, she worked for him and his chief of staff as a confidential secretary for two years. After leaving the mayor's office, Cohen was legislative aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, and started a social media and public policy consulting firm.  She holds a bachelor's in Political Science from Fisk University and a masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently resides in the Portrero Hill neighborhood.

She is running for a spot on the Democratic County Central Committee in 2016.

TERM LIMIT: 2018


CAMPAIGN 2018 PREVIEW: Malia Cohen will be termed-out in 2018.  At the present time, no candidate has filed to succeed her.


CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS:

(*note: to access individual reports, click on the 'CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS' link above first to start a new session)

Cohen

 







District 11

VOTER REGISTRATION: Total Registered 32,379; Dem 54.37%; Rep 6.88%; NPP 34.62%


INCUMBENT:

JOHN AVALOS was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2008, winning re-election in 2012. In 2011, Avalos made an unsuccessful run for Mayor of San Francisco, finishing second with 19.3% of the vote behind Ed Lee. Prior to his election, he spent four years as a legislative aide for former Supervisor Chris Daly.  A former organizer for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, he also served on the Justice Campaign for SEIU Local 1877, and worked as an educator for the Columbia Parks Boys and Girls Club.  A third-generation Mexican-American, He holds a bachelor's in English Literature from UC-Santa Barbara and a masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University.   He has two children, and currently resides in the Excelsior neighborhood.

TERM LIMIT: 2016


CAMPAIGN 2016 PREVIEW: John Avalos is termed-out in 2016.  At the present time, two candidates have filed.

AHSHA SAFAI previously made an unsuccessful run for this seat in 2008, finishing 2nd behind John Avalos in a crowded 8-person race with 24.2% of the vote. A first generation American of Iranian Descent, he was born in Iran in 1973.  He emigrated to the United States with his mother in 1978, and received a bachelor's in African American Studies and Political Science from North Eastern University and a masters in Urban Studies and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Upon his graduation, he moved to San Francisco and took a position with the city's Housing Authority. In 2003, he joined Gavin Newsom's campaign for Mayor and later served as the Deputy Director for the Mayor's Office of Community Development and in the San Francisco Department of Public Works.  ENDORSEMENTS include the firefighters and teamsters' unions, SEIU Local 87, Assemblymen Phil Ting and David Chiu, Sen Mark Leno, and Supervisor Scott Wiener. 

KIMBERLY ALVARENGA is the Political Director of SEIU-Local 1021.  Prior to assuming that position, she served as district director for Assembly member Tom Ammiano from 2008 until he was termed out in 2014.  A former Organizing Director for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, she also worked as the Director for the Economic Justice and Human Rights Program at the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, as a Social Services Coordinator for the BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and as a Public Benefits & Housing Legal Advocate for Bay Area Legal Aid.  She holds a bachelor's in Women's/Ethnic Studies from Mills College.

FRANCISCO HERRERA previously ran for Mayor against incumbent Ed Lee in the 2015 election, finishing 2nd with 31.59% of the vote.  A local singer, activist, he holds a bachelor's in Poltical Science and a master's in Theology. He resides in the Mission district with his wife. They have several grown children and grandchildren.



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2016-02-29

Updates to District Races (2/29)

With the declarations of candidacy and nomination papers submission period now open, the California Target Book has been closely monitoring the daily updates coming from those counties reporting their candidate lists. At the present time, the following districts have been updated with accompanying candidate profiles.

ASSEMBLY

AD06 - Added son of longtime Asm. Ed Z'berg/retired correctional officer John Z'Berg (D)
AD21 - Added Merced Union High School District Trustee Greg Opinski (R)
AD29 - Added political unknown Benjamin Omoto (R)
AD45 - Added digital media executive Jerry Kowal (R)
AD54 - Added '14 candidate Glen Ratcliff (R)
AD68 - Added former Anaheim City Council candidate Kostas "Gus" Roditis (R)
AD76 - Added '14 candidate, hedge fund executive Thomas Krouse (R)
AD79 - Added political unknown John S. Moore
AD80 - Added political unknown William Robert Stamm

STATE SENATE

SD05 - Added former Manteca City Council candidate Samuel Anderson (R)
SD07 - Added Mount Diablo Education Association President Guy Moore (D)
SD39 - Added political unknowns Juan M. Bribiesca, Richard Fago

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CD01 - Added '12 candidate Jim Reed (D)
CD04 - Added Rail Road Flat solar contractor Sean White
CD05 - Added building energy efficiency entrepreneur Carlos Santamaria (R)
CD20 - Added Reagan Justice Dept Assistant/9/11 Conspiracy activist Barbara Honegger (NPP)
CD30 - Added software engineer Luke Davis (D), perennial candidate Navraj Singh (R)
CD36 - Removed attorney Dwight Kealy
CD39 - Added political unknown Joshua Ferguson (NPP)
CD49 - Added MiraCosta Community College student Ryan Wingo (NPP)
CD50 - Added former candidate Fuji Shioura
CD51 - Added entrepreneur John Renison (R), political unknown Juan Mercado Flores
CD53 - Added political unknown Nick Walpert

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

BUTTE District 5 - Added anti-commercial marijuana growers activist Dianna Wright
CONTRA COSTA District 5 - Added Hercules Mayor Dan Romero
MARIN District 4 - Added perennial candidate Scott E. Wilmore
MARIPOSA District 2 - Added Businesswoman Debbie Cook
RIVERSIDE District 1 - Added Debbie Walsh
SAN FRANCISCO District 9 - Added California Young Democrats Latino Caucus Vice Chair Melissa San Miguel

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Tags: AD06, AD21, AD29, AD45, AD54, AD68, AD76, AD79, AD80, SD05, SD07, SD39, CD01, CD04, CD05, CD20, CD30, CD36, CD39, CD49, CD50, CD51, CD53, Butte, Contra Costa, Marin, Mariposa, Riverside, San Francisco
2016-02-10

Updates to District Races (2/10)

With the signatures in lieu of filing fees period now open, the California Target Book has been closely monitoring the daily updates coming from those counties reporting their candidate lists. At the present time, the following districts have been updated with accompanying candidate profiles.

ASSEMBLY

AD34 - Added correctional officer Ernie Gollehon (R)
AD48 - Added Bassett USD Governing Board Member Armando Barajas (D) (previously filed for CD32)

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CD12 - Added perennial candidate Barry Hermanson (Grn)
CD40 - Added Air Force Reservist Roman Gonzalez (NPP)

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

KERN District 4 - Added Tulare County Deputy DA Robert Owen
LAKE District 1 - Added former Supervisor Voris Brumfield
LAKE District 4 - Added Lakeport USD Trustee Tina Scott
LOS ANGELES District 4 - Added Whittier USD Trustee Ralph Pacheco
SAN FRANCISCO District 3 - Added tech executive Kim Terca, data analyst Jason Zeng
SONOMA District 1 - Added perennial candidate Keith Rhinehart

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Tags: AD34, AD48, CD12, CD40, Kern, Lake, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sonoma
2016-01-26

Updates to District Races (1/26)

With the signatures in lieu of filing fees period now open, the California Target Book has been closely monitoring the daily updates coming from those counties reporting their candidate lists. At the present time, the following districts have been updated with accompanying candidate profiles.

ASSEMBLY

AD29 - Added perennial candidate Dough Deitch (NPP)
AD77 - Added Rancho Penasquitos Town Council President Melinda Vasquez (D)

STATE SENATE

SD23 - Added former 2006/2008 AD63 candidate Mark Westwood (D)

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CD15 - Added Capitalism Clothing founder Danny Turner
CD18 - Added Stanford student Bob Harlow (D)
CD50 - Added political unknown Patrick Malloy (D)

COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

FRESNO District 5 - Added Fresno County Office of Education Board Member/Podiatrist Dr. Allen Clyde
SAN FRANCISCO District 1 - Added former candidate Brian Larkin

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Tags: AD29, AD77, SD23, CD15, CD18, CD50, Fresno, San Francisco
2015-12-21

SAN FRANCISCO - Two Moderates File Vs Norman Yee in D7

Norman Yee, one of the progressives on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who is up for re-election in 2016, is being challenged by two moderates in an effort to swing the balance of power away from the progressives who captured the majority this year with Aaron Peskin's defeat of Mayor Ed Lee's appointee Julie Christensen.

BEN MATRANGA (D) is a Senior Advisor in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's office covering street safety and transportation initiatives and a Fellow at FUSE Corps, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that enables local governments to more effectively address challenges facing urban communities. After a high school internship with the San Francisco Ethics Commission, he was appointed by then-Supervisor Barbara Kaufman to two terms on the San Francisco Youth Commission, serving from 1999 to 2001. Matranga, who has a background in finance, has worked as a Consultant and Investment Officer for the Soros Economic Development Fund and as a Consultant for EA Consultants. A fifth-generation San Franciscan who grew up in Forest Hill, he holds a bachelor's in Economics and Political Science and a masters in Public Policy and Finance, both from New York University. He resides in the West Portal neighborhood with his wife.

JOEL ENGARDIO (D) is a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and the Sr. Manager of Content Marketing for Doctor on Demand. He previously ran for this seat in 2012, finishing 4th with 13.29% of the vote. A member of the Democratic Central Committee, he previously served as Associate Director of Communications for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, as a Consultant for Fenton Communications, as a Communication Strategist for the ACLU, as a Staff Writer for the San Francisco Weekly, and as a freelance reporter for the Ventura Bureau of the Los Angeles Times. He holds a bachelor's in Journalism and History from Michigan State University and a masters in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He resides in San Francisco with his husband Lionel Hsu. 

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Tags: San Francisco, Norman Yee, Ben Matranga, Joel Engardio
2015-11-25

SAN FRANCISCO - Two Progressives Join the Race For Open Seats

After Aaron Peskin's defeat of Julie Christensen, the balance of power in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors shifted to the progressive bloc, which comprises Eric Mar, Norman Yee, David Campos, Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, and John Avalos. In 2016, however, three of the progressives, Avalos, Campos, and Mar, will be termed out. In recent days, progressive candidates have filed to succeed Campos and Avalos in an effort to keep the moderate faction in the minority. 

In District 9, Hillary Ronen has worked in outgoing Supervisor David Campos' office since 2010, initially joining his staff as a legislative aide and later rising to Chief of Staff. She previously worked as an immigration attorney for La Raza Centro Legal from the mid 2000s until 2010. A staunch progressive, supporter of the city's sanctuary city policy, and a supporter of the Mission District development moratorium, her views are squarely in line with those of Campos, and she would likely serve as a reliable vote for the Board of Supervisor's progressive bloc. She holds a bachelor's from UC-San Diego and a JD from UC-Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in December of 2003. She resides in the Bernal Heights area with her husband, Francisco Ugarte, an Immigration attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's office. They have one child. She will face off against Bernal Heights community activist Edwin Lindo, a fellow progressive, in 2016.

In District 11, Kimberly Alvarenga has joined the race to succeed John Avalos. Alvarenga is the Political Director of SEIU-Local 1021. Prior to assuming that position, she served as district director for Assembly member Tom Ammiano from 2008 until he was termed out in 2014.  A former Organizing Director for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, she also worked as the Director for the Economic Justice and Human Rights Program at the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, as a Social Services Coordinator for the BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and as a Public Benefits & Housing Legal Advocate for Bay Area Legal Aid.  She holds a bachelor's in Women's/Ethnic Studies from Mills College. She will face off against Ahsha Safai, a 2008 candidate for the seat who has been endorsed by firefighters' and teamsters' unions, Assemblymen Phil Ting and David Chiu, Sen Mark Leno, and moderate District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener. For more on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, click here.
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Tags: San Francisco, Kimberly Alvarenga, Hillary Ronen
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