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Despite political drama, redistricting may yield few changes in November election

Rico Riemedio, from United Playaz, studies the newest redistricting map draft in Kapwa Gardens in SoMa on March 31, 2022. | Camille Cohen

San Francisco has finally finished its redistricting, a fraught process punctuated by protests and walkouts towards the end of an arduous seven months of meetings. Much of the controversy and speculation surrounding it was over how the new district lines could change the ideological makeup of the Board of Supervisors. But it seems that any changes will likely not materialize soon.  

This November, only the even-numbered districts are up for reelection. Those interested in running have up to June 14 to file. Barring any game-changing challengers, some political pros predict few, if any, changes among board incumbents up for reelection this year. 

“Incumbents, apart from those appointed, are tough to beat,” said Jim Ross, a campaign consultant who has worked on both sides of San Francisco’s ideological aisles. 

Veteran pollster and consultant David Latterman agreed: “We haven't had any drastic changes in any of the districts in the last 22 years. People are expecting a big sweeping change that isn’t supported by history.” 

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                              Correction: The deadline to file nomination documents to run for supervisor this November is June 14. The deadline for filing signatures in lieu of filing fees is May 15.