Historic Candidates Square Off Tonight in San Francisco Mayor’s Race
California voters head to the polls today and one race we’ve been watching is the San Francisco mayoral race where three of the candidates stand to potentially make history. London Breed could become the city’s first African American woman Mayor and Jane Kim could be the city’s first Asian American woman Mayor. Breed, the front-runner, is leading the fundraising effort. Breed has raised around $1.1 million in individual contributions, an amount that has been matched by around $1 million in public financing, bringing her total funding support to just over $3 million thanks to tech companies like Facebook, Medium, Instagram, and Twitch. Breed was dubbed Acting Mayor after former Mayor Ed Lee died of a heart attack last year. About one month later, Breed was ousted by the Board of Supervisors. Many of her supporters saw this as an act of prejudice, especially in light of the fact that her replacement, Mark Farrell, is a white venture capitalist. Meanwhile, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has backed Kim, as have some housing developers and tech moguls. Trailing in the polls, Kim has joined forces with a third candidate in the race -- Mark Leno, who would be the first openly gay Mayor of the city. The two are encouraging their respective supporters to vote for the other in the number two spot on San Francisco’s unique ranked-choice ballot, which allows voters to select up to three candidates in order of preference. We’ll be watching to see what happens tonight at the polls. More here.