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DA Boudin Ousted by Large Margin in Widely Watched Recall Election
Thursday, June 30, 2022

DA Boudin Ousted by Large Margin in Widely Watched Recall Election

District Attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled Tuesday as about 60% of San Francisco voters opted to oust him.

Boudin, elected in 2019, will have to leave his post later this month before Mayor London Breed chooses his replacement. Voters were also asked about how they feel about recalls in general—and about 60% said they want to keep the current system. 

“San Franciscans from different neighborhoods and different backgrounds sent a loud and clear message today,” recall campaign chair Mary Jung said at the ‘Yes on H’ campaign party on Tuesday. “Voters said loud and clear that they want a district attorney who prioritizes public safety for every community.”

Boudin’s recall culminates a well-funded campaign that capitalized on San Franciscans’ perception of rising crime. In a speech to his supporters on Tuesday, Boudin chalked up his loss in part to outside money and interests.

“They exploited an environment in which people are appropriately upset,” Boudin said.

DA Chesa Boudin addresses his supporters at The Ramp on Terry A Francois Blvd in San Francisco, Calif. on Tues. June 7, 2022. Early voting indicated that Boudin was recalled as voters approved Prop H. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

For a full breakdown of how the election played out locally, head to our interactive results page here

Turnout for this election so far is low, at just 25% with 100% of precincts reporting, although returns from mail-in ballots will continue to come in the next few days. Election officials will release updated numbers at 4 p.m. over the next few days. 

Proposition A, the $400 million Muni reliability bond, has under 63% approval so far, just short of the 66.66% needed to pass. Voters looked to approve Props. B, D, E, F and G. 

In the state and national primaries, Gov. Gavin Newsom received overwhelming support from San Francisco voters, as did Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and state Sen. Alex Padilla. 

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After defeating David Campos in the spring, Assemblymember Matt Haney got a majority of votes again. Both their names will appear on the November ballot. 

The race for Assembly District 15 crowned Kevin Mullin and David Canepa as the top two, which means they’re headed to a runoff in November. 

Polling sites were mostly quiet today, but campaigns hit the streets in full force to rally voters for and against Prop. H. 

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the Prop. C results. Most voters opposed the measure.

Sarah Wright can be reached at [email protected].
  • There’s so much gaslighting and wishful thinking on the pro-Boudin/anti-recall side it’s amazing. The consistent narrative that the entire recall is being driven solely by out of town Republican bogeymen and that all Yes on H supporters are too stupid to think for themselves. How difficult is it to understand that a large part of the electorate wants him out, even if that same part of the electorate shares 90%+ of their political beliefs with his supporters?

    Here are some questions the AAPI community has for Boudin:

    Ask him why Dwayne Grayson was not charged with a hate crime for beating an elderly Chinese man while calling him racial slurs.

    Ask him why his office intentionally abrogated Rong Xin Liao’s civil rights by denying him translation services.

    Ask him why a “temper tantrum” was an acceptable excuse to murder Vicha Ratanapakdee.

    Ask him why he will take questions from every reporter EXCEPT Dion Lim when she challenges white privilege.

    Ask him why his office sat for months on evidence showing Kit Lam’s civil rights had been violated by a white Progressive extremist.

    Ask him why neither he nor anyone else from his office were present at the 25 January 2022 Lunar New Year junket in which it was revealed hate crimes in the City targeting the AAPI community went up 500% under his tenure.

    Finally, ask him why his best and only defense is to point to the Republican bogeyman rather than defending and taking responsibility for his own actions and record. (That alone belies the desperation of his campaign.)

    The truth is that Chesa is no less a racist than Stephen Miller, but one without the latter’s gumption to publicly own up to his vile beliefs. Chesa embodies the danger of the horseshoe theory, and is no less a shill for the very racists he claims to fight than was Trump. He has co-opted the language of social and restorative justice to disenfranchise and endanger the Asian American community, and his actions in the DA’s office belie his bias against any Asian Americans with who don’t serve his political ends. In short, my entire family will be supporting this recall, regardless of the bogeymen backing it.

  • @TJ well said! Hope the mayor and the Asian supervisors get this message loud and clear. They are next if crime against Asians doesn’t stop in SF.

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