Mayoral candidates John Avalos and Dennis Herrera netted the first- and second-place endorsements, respectively, on Wednesday night at the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee meeting. The committee opted not to endorse a third candidate despite The City’s ranked-choice voting system.
For district attorney, David Onek was the committee’s first choice and Sharmin Bock its second, with no third candidate chosen.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi easily received the first-place, and only, endorsement for sheriff. Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s city employee pension reform measure, which is competing with another supported by Mayor Ed Lee, was roundly shot down.
Proposition F, a measure introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener that would allow the Board of Supervisors to amend or repeal voter-approved initiatives, was not endorsed.
The endorsement meeting was typical of San Francisco Democratic Party politics in its rawest form, with up to three rounds of voting among nearly 30 members. If members don’t reach a threshold of approval for a candidate based on the number of abstentions, members vote again in what can be a lively and confusing bout of shouting and chatter.
The committee shied away from incumbents Wednesday, with Lee and District Attorney George Gascón receiving a paltry sum of votes. Sheriff Michael Hennessey is retiring after 32 years in the office.
Although many members of the committee used proxy voters because they were not present, the only official absence was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.