You’ve got three votes, 30+ candidates for Mayor

I wrote earlier this year about how the race for San Francisco Mayor has been shaping up, and we’re in full campaign season mode now. Don’t forget that this is the first mayoral race using ranked-choice voting, in which voters cast votes for their first, second, and third choices for mayor. Picking a first choice might be easy, but for some people, it might be difficult to decide who will receive your second and third votes.

To help voters learn more, several District 5 (we’re talking supervisorial districts, not MLS districts) neighborhood groups have come together to host a forum featuring 12 candidates: Jeff Adachi, John Avalos, Terry Baum, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall, Dennis Herrera, Ed Lee, Michela Alioto-Pier, Joanna Rees, Phil Ting, and Leland Yee.

Host groups include:  Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA), Buena Vista Neighborhood Association (BVNA), Cole Valley Improvement Association (CVIA), Divisadero Merchants Association (DMA), Fillmore / Lower Fillmore Neighborhood Association (F/LFNA), Haight Ashbury Improvement Association (HAIA), Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC), Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA), Inner Sunset Park Neighbors (ISPN — full disclosure: I serve on the ISPN Board), Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association (LoHaMNA), North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA).

Carolyn Tyler of ABC7 News will be the moderator.

The forum will be held at UCSF Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Avenue, on Thursday, September 22, 7:00-9:00 PM. Admission is free. Attendees don’t need to be District 5 residents.

Curious how the candidates have been faring in the polls recently? Yeah, me too. On September 12, a poll released by the Herrera campaign showed Herrera narrowing the gap between him and Interim Mayor Ed Lee, who is the first choice of 35 percent of voters, while 23 percent had Herrera as their first choice. No one else polls above 5%, with 14% undecided.

To satisfy your political-junkie needs, consult’s Elections page, which covers a host of local and statewide races. And by the way, if you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late. Information is here on how to register.


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