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Honey Mahogany Challenges Matt Dorsey for SoMa Supervisor Seat
Monday, July 04, 2022

Honey Mahogany Challenges Matt Dorsey for SoMa Supervisor Seat

The race to become the next supervisor of San Francisco’s District 6 is heating up, with longtime political activist Honey Mahogany saying she’ll challenge incumbent mayoral appointee Matt Dorsey.

Mahogany—who chairs the local Democratic Party and has national name recognition for her appearances on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race—would become the first openly transgender supervisor if she wins.

“I love San Francisco, but it is facing big problems,” Mahogany wrote in a social media post announcing her candidacy. “We need a big tent, progressive vision that unites rather than divides.”

The supervisor seat was left vacant when Supervisor Matt Haney won the state Assembly race in April and left for Sacramento. Mayor London Breed then appointed Dorsey in early May. Mahogany was Haney’s legislative staff for years.

Dorsey, a former police spokesperson, said he welcomes the competition.

“I’m a big-D Democrat, but I’m a small-d democrat first,” he told The Standard. “I think voters are always better served by competitive elections. I look forward to making my case for a District 6 that’s safer, cleaner and more equitable.”

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Mahogany’s entry into the race may signal a new round of battles between the city’s progressive and moderate camps, which have been warring over how to tackle housing, homelessness and drug use—all of which rank among the top priorities for both Dorsey and Mahogany.

The newly redistricted D6 includes SoMa, Mission Bay, East Cut and Treasure Island. The Tenderloin is now in District 5. According to the Department of Elections, other candidates include Ms. Billie Cooper, Ali Ahmed, Pearci Bastiany, Cherelle Jackson and Tommie Lussier.

Han Li can be reached at [email protected].
  • She should run against preston.Everybody hates that guy especially since she love the tenderloin so much..

  • Honey is all about the Money. If you thought there isn’t enough dead addicts on the streets of TL, you haven’t seen anything yet.

  • “First transgender” how about “First Qualified” Supervisor instead? Why is everything about sexual preferences ? Whatever happened to merit?

  • This article would have been more useful if it had presented any contrasting policies of each candidate. Progressive vs Moderates is not useful in SF without actual policy proposals. I see a link to an article about Dorsey’s approach to handling SF’s drug crisis, but no links to interviews with Mahogany

  • Honey doesn’t need any policy. She is openly transgender and this is San Francisco. Enough said.

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