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Election update: Prop. E loses, District 4 and Prop. D races remain too close to call

Rain falls on a “Polling Place” sign on Election Day in San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. | Ben Fanjoy/The Standard

Proposition E will not pass, according to new vote tallies released by the San Francisco Department of Elections this afternoon. Over 55% of voters cast ballots opposing the local ballot measure championed by San Francisco’s progressives to streamline the process for building affordable housing while maintaining local control over new housing production.

Now that 64% of ballots have been counted in the Nov. 8 election, Prop. E’s opportunity to come back as more votes are counted has disappeared.

Meanwhile, Lisa Weissman-Ward’s seat on the Board of Education is assured. With 22.5% of votes in that race cast her way, Weissman-Ward has a clear path to victory. Weissman-Ward was appointed to the position of school board commissioner in June by Mayor London Breed following the successful recall of three school board members.

Lisa Weissman-Ward, a member of San Francisco School Board, poses for a portrait in front of San Francisco Unified School District building at 555 Franklin St. on March 18, 2022. | Ekevara Kitpowsong for The Standard

Mayor Breed’s other appointees, Lainie Motamedi and Ann Hsu, are currently placed second and third in the Board of Education race, in which the top three vote-getters will serve. Challenger Alida Fisher, however, is gaining ground on third-place Hsu. Fisher has nearly 17% of votes, trailing Hsu by a point and a half.

With 110,000 ballots remaining, Fisher may yet surpass Hsu for the third seat.

The final result of close races in District 4, Proposition D and more are also not clear today.

Joel Engardio maintained a narrow lead over incumbent Gordon Mar in the contentious race for the supervisor seat in District 4. Engardio garnered 51.6% of votes, leaving Mar trailing by less than 600 votes.

District 4 candidate Joel Engardio watches the monitor as early election results are displayed at Noriega Teriyaki House in San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. | Chris Victorio for The Standard

Proposition D, a signature measure of Mayor Breed, would need to climb half a point to pass. It currently has 49.4% of votes.

Matt Dorsey has maintained a commanding lead over Honey Mahogany in the District 6 Board of Supervisors race; he has 53.8% of the vote compared with Mahogany’s 40.6%. While The Standard hasn’t officially called the race because it’s possible that Mahogany could regain that ground, it’s looking less and less likely that she will.

District Attorney Brooke Jenkins declared victory on Wednesday, although her opponent John Hamasaki has yet to concede. The current DA leads Hamasaki by twelve percentage points in first-choice votes. Jenkins was first appointed to the position of top prosecutor in June by Mayor Breed following the recall of former District Attorney Chesa Boudin. 

For a full breakdown of results, see The Standard’s Election Results Page.

Anna Tong contributed additional reporting for this story.
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