For our thirteenth weekly question to candidates for District 9 supervisor, we turned to the national level and asked which candidate they would support in the June primary.

If you are voting Democrat in the upcoming primary, will you vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? If not voting Democrat, who will you vote for?

Respuestas en español aquí.

Darcel Jackson, caterer and formerly homeless app maker

I am backing Sanders; anyone over Trump. I am a Democrat and will support the party nomination. I think Americans are capable of so much, we can set the standards, we need to set them high. Let’s start in the Mission.

Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic Club

I am voting for and supporting Bernie Sanders in the Primary election.

That being said, I am not a fan of the current two-party system that has monopolized the national conversation and debate. There should be better representation of varying views, not just from two parties. We should have viable choices beyond the very corporate driven “democracy” we currently see. This would require significant reforms that can be found in much more progressive countries.

Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David Campos

I will be voting for Bernie Sanders but if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, I will be supporting her.

Melissa San Miguel, education advocate

I am a proud Democrat and Latina, and love that our candidates speak to our heads and hearts. In 2012, I served as an at-large delegate to the Democratic National Convention, casting my vote for President Obama. We need more women elected to office — it’s one of the reasons I’m running for supervisor. Secretary Clinton is inspiring millions of women and girls across the country, and has proven herself to be an outstanding leader who would be a great president. At the same time, I appreciate the passion that Senator Sanders brings to discussing income inequality and solutions to address it. I can confidently say I would be proud to support either candidate as the Democratic nominee. The stakes in this election are very high and we need a Democrat in the White House.

Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261

2016 has made me proud to be a Democrat. We have two incredible candidates leading a discussion about policies that are important to our country. They’d both make incredible presidents. Meanwhile, Republicans have made a fool out of their party and themselves.

I commend Bernie Sanders for focusing attention on big issues that must be addressed, such as wage inequality, organized labor and reducing influence from Wall Street, in fact my wife Lisa is all-in for Bernie. Just like San Francisco, America needs someone with the experience and qualifications to move our country forward, so I’m supporting Hillary Clinton. I’m looking forward to finally having a woman in the Oval Office!

Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services Agency

I am supporting Bernie Sanders. Sanders is willing to confront issues that are currently undermining the country. I like to look at political campaigns objectively and his platform genuinely addresses issues. He focuses on accountability and support for cities. Over the years, the federal government has pulled millions of dollars in local funding forcing cities to create innovative solutions, and here in San Francisco that has left us to rely on private funding that in turn has resulted in special interest. He has shown to have a track record of accomplishments on civil rights, economics, and the regulation of special interest.

43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us questions to and let us know in comments or in an email if you think candidates have answered as asked.

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Joe was born in Sweden, where the Chilean half of his family received asylum after fleeing Pinochet, and spent his early childhood in Chile; he moved to Oakland when he was eight. He attended Stanford University for political science and worked at Mission Local as a reporter after graduating. He then spent time in advocacy as a partner for the strategic communications firm The Worker Agency. He rejoined Mission Local as an editor in 2023.

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  1. Everyone except Melissa San Miguel answered the question. She gave a non-answer and wants to play both sides. Voters want to know where candidates stand.

    Melissa, please answer the question that was asked.

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