Power grab grips San Francisco Democratic Party board 

click to enlarge Aaron Peskin. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Aaron Peskin.

The battle has begun to determine the political leanings of the local Democratic Party, which could play an important role in the outcomes of Board of Supervisors races this fall.

The leader of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, Aaron Peskin, announced last week that he will not run for re-election, leaving the group’s leadership and political leanings up for grabs. The Department of Elections was busy Friday with candidates filing on deadline day to run in June’s DCCC election.

A DCCC endorsement is seen as crucial backing, and the influence is heightened during a presidential-election year, such as this November, when seven seats on the board also are up for grabs.

Peskin rose to political prominence on the board, battling with former mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom. When he was termed out, Peskin orchestrated a takeover of the DCCC, which became a progressive-minded body more engaged in influencing local politics.

However, Peskin suffered a setback when allied board candidates lost in November 2010 and progressive supervisors failed to capitalize on appointing a mayor in January 2011.

The more moderate political faction running for the DCCC includes former District 8 supervisor and Mayor Ed Lee’s director of homelessness, Bevan Dufty; Lee’s education aide, Hydra Mendoza; and District 5 supervisor candidate London Breed, who is also an ally of Brown.

Several current supervisors — David Chiu, David Campos, John Avalos, Malia Cohen, Eric Mar and Scott Wiener — are either running for re-election to the DCCC or seeking a seat for the first time.

Voters in the 17th Assembly District will elect 14 members to the committee, and 10 members will be chosen from the 19th Assembly District.


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