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San Francisco endorsements: Who supports what in the November general election

Ballots are sorted after arriving at San Francisco Department of Elections in City Hall on Gubernatorial Recall Election Day in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. | Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

As we move closer to Nov. 8, most unions, political clubs and other endorsing organizations have weighed in on the big issues facing San Francisco. 

Of the two affordable housing measures on the ballot, Proposition E—the measure backed by most of the Board of Supervisors—has racked up more endorsements from major endorsing organizations than rival measure Proposition D. The latter is supported by Mayor London Breed and housing supply advocates.

It remains to be seen how much weight those endorsements will carry: The SF Standard’s fall poll suggested that voters aren’t too finicky about what kind of housing should be built, though the similarly-named housing measures are likely to generate some voter confusion. 

In the District Attorney’s race, endorsements we’ve tracked are evenly split between appointed incumbent Brooke Jenkins and her most popular challenger, John Hamasaki, for first choice votes. Joe Alioto Veronese is a distant third overall, but has a visible foothold with the city's labor unions: He’s nabbed endorsements from the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Firefighters Local 798 and other labor groups. 

Jenkins has a decisive lead among SF Standard poll respondents, though many voters remain undecided.

In the School Board race, endorsements are also split along typical partisan lines. Despite controversy over an endorsement questionnaire gaffe, appointed incumbent Ann Hsu still has the support of a number of groups. Notably, the Chinese-Language news outlet Sing Tao Daily endorsed her exclusively. 

Looking at contested supervisors races, District 6 is considerably closer than District 4 so far as endorsements are concerned. 

Check out more endorsements for key races and ballot propositions below. 

This article was updated on Oct. 27, 2022.