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San Francisco election: Moderates dominate local Democratic Party elections

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GrowSF co-founder Steven Buss, Mayor London Breed, state Sen. Scott Weiner and Supervisor Matt Dorsey celebrate election night results at Anina in Hayes Valley. | Source: Camille Cohen for The Standard

All of San Francisco’s local ballot measures and its two judicial races are decided, according to new vote counts released by the San Francisco Department of Elections on Tuesday afternoon. That leaves just several seats on the county political party central committees in the balance, with the 6,700 votes left to tally enough to tip the scale in several razor-thin races.

For the Democratic County Central Committee in Assembly District 17, Lyn Werbach would need to close an 142-vote gap on Cedric Akbar to snag the seat he’s currently on track to receive. In District 19, Brian Quan trails Dan Calamuci by just 148 votes.

But regardless of who prevails in those tight contests, moderate voters will have cause to celebrate since Werbach, Akbar, Quan and Calamuci all ran on the same moderate “Democrats for Change” slate. That slate dominated its progressive competition, and as tallies stand, is on track to land 18 of the 24 elected seats on the Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC.  

Over 225,406 votes have been tallied in the March election and turnout of registered voters currently stands at 46%. Tuesday is the final day that the city will accept votes in the mail that were postmarked by election day. The Elections Department has until April 4 to release its final election result report.

The next round of results are scheduled to be released on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Here’s where things stand in each race:

Local propositions

Prop. A would create a $300 million affordable housing bond. It requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

Prop. B would have established minimum staffing for the San Francisco Police Department contingent on a future tax increase. It required over 50% of the vote to pass.

Prop. C would waive the transfer tax, in some circumstances, on properties converted from office to residential uses. It requires over 50% of the vote to pass.

Prop. D tightens the city’s conflict-of-interest laws with more explicit prohibitions on gifts to public officials. It required over 50% of the vote to pass.

Prop. E allows police to install security cameras on public property, use drones to monitor certain crimes and chase suspects more often, among other changes. It required over 50% of the vote to pass.

Prop. F requires some welfare recipients who are suspected of being addicted to illegal drugs to undergo screening and obtain some form of treatment as a condition of receiving benefits. It required over 50% of the vote to pass.

Prop. G is a nonbinding policy statement urging San Francisco public schools to offer Algebra 1 to students by the eighth grade—something the district already plans to start doing in the 2024-2025 school year. It required over 50% of the vote to pass.

Superior Court judge seats

Two seats on the San Francisco Superior Court were up for grabs. In one race, Judge Michael Isaku Begert was facing a challenge from corporate lawyer Albert “Chip” Zecher.

In the other Superior Court judicial race, Judge Patrick S. Thompson was being challenged by prosecutor Jean Myungjin Roland.

Political County Central Committees

The county central committees govern the local Democratic and Republican parties.

The Democratic County Central Committee, also known as the DCCC, issues endorsements and passes policy resolutions. In San Francisco, 64% of registered voters are Democrats. The DCCC has 24 elected members divided between the city’s two state assembly districts.

Democratic voters in the 17th Assembly District—essentially the east side of San Francisco—selected 14 members of the DCCC.

Democratic voters in the 19th Assembly District, the city’s west side, selected 10 DCCC members.

The Republican County Central Committee leads San Francisco’s Republican Party, recruiting candidates, endorsing local policy positions and more. About 7% of registered voters in San Francisco are Republicans.

Republican voters in the 17th Assembly District selected 12 RCCC members.

Republican voters in the 19th Assembly District selected 13 RCCC members.