A coalition of merchants and student clubs from the Mission is expected to visit City Hall today to support Supervisor David Campos as the Board of Supervisors votes to decide who will be San Francisco’s interim mayor when Gavin Newsom resigns.
Jorge García of the Latin Business Network said that the 62-member organization, which works closely with City College student clubs, is spreading the word about the vote through Twitter and Facebook. They are expecting around 200 people.
“We have contacted a lot of people from schools and churches,” García said, adding that they acted independently from Campos’ office.
Today’s vote is nonbinding because the Board can officially vote for an interim mayor only after Newsom resigns. Newsom told the Chronicle that he is considering delaying his swearing-in as California’s lieutenant governor so that the incoming Board members, who will be sworn in on January 8, can pick his successor.
García said that even though they don’t have a say in who the interim mayor will be, the groups want to go to show that Campos has their support.
“We like the work he has done to preserve the sanctuary city policy,” García said.
Campos also received the support of influential Spanish radio personality Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo on Monday, according to García.
“While I am humbled and honored by the people’s support, I don’t think that the focus should be on an individual at this point,” Campos said. “The focus should be on the process, making sure it’s open and transparent.”
Correction: an earlier version of the article referred to the merchants group as as the Latin Merchants Network, they are actually named the Latin Business Network.