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Election 2022

Matt Dorsey Leads Honey Mahogany by Wide Margin

Written by David Sjostedt, Mike EgeContributors Sarah WrightUpdated at Nov. 09, 2022 • 12:13amPublished Nov. 08, 2022 • 9:09pm
District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey celebrates the first round of results at his election night party at Folsom Street Foundry on Nov. 8, 2022. | Juliana Yamada for The Standard

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The contest between candidates Honey Mahogany and Supervisor Matt Dorsey to represent a pivotal slice of Downtown San Francisco came to a head Tuesday night with election results showing the incumbent, Dorsey, leading by a wide margin.

Dorsey had 55% of the votes to Mahogany’s 39% as of midnight.

The two supervisor candidates practically mirror each other on the main issues facing District 6, which contains the South of Market, Rincon Hill, Treasure Island and Mission Bay, as well as parts of the Financial District and Civic Center.

Mayor London Breed and District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey look at early election results at Dorsey’s election night party at Folsom Street Foundry on Nov. 8, 2022. | Juliana Yamada for The Standard
District 6 Supervisor candidate Honey Mahogany addresses supporters at her election night party at Trademark Sports Bar on Nov. 8, 2022. | Paul Kuroda for The Standard

While Dorsey had a hefty lead, Mahogany was not ready to concede as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night. “There’s still a chance that we can pull ahead, a small chance.” Mahogany said. “We’re going to hold those candles of hope right in our hearts.”

The race has largely centered on how the two candidates propose addressing open-air drug markets in SoMa, which has accounted for 16% of the city’s total overdose deaths this year. 

Dorsey—who was appointed by Mayor London Breed—said he plans to use his personal experience as a recovering addict to make progress on the city’s drug crisis. Mahogany, for her part, points to her resume as a social worker and a legislative aide to State Assemblymember Matt Haney, who previously served as supervisor of the district. 

In the nearly five months since Breed appointed Dorsey, he’s introduced several policies related to curbing the drug crisis as well as a resolution aiming to coalesce city departments around a citywide plan to address the crisis. Mahogany said that, if elected, she would look to bolster the city’s depleted behavioral health workforce and create more rehabilitation centers.

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District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey celebrates the first round of results at his election night party at Folsom Street Foundry on Nov. 8, 2022. | Juliana Yamada for The Standard

Both campaigns raised close to half a million dollars each in donations. Groups like the San Francisco Labor Council made independent expenditures on behalf of Mahogany, while moderate and more business-oriented groups such as GrowSF spent for Dorsey. 

The money trail reflects both candidate’s perceived political allegiances. Dorsey is seen as the choice of the city’s political center, while Mahogany is champion of the city’s progressive political faction, aligned with the current majority of the Board of Supervisors. 

District 6 is one of two that were substantially changed in this year’s controversial redistricting process. Much of the Civic Center was removed and put in District 5, along with the Tenderloin. This has increased speculation that more political weight in the district will shift to the new neighborhoods in SoMa and Mission Bay. 

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David Sjostedt can be reached at [email protected]
Mike Ege can be reached at [email protected]


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