Tag Archives: Elections

District 9 Candidate: Mark Sanchez

By MADELEINE BAIR As Mark Sanchez, president of the San Francisco Board of Education and candidate for District 9 Supervisor, tells it, his career in politics began by accident. It happened in the late nineties, when Teachers 4 Change, an organization Sanchez co-founded with other San Francisco teachers, picketed at City Hall, demanding more resources for underfunded classrooms and underpaid...

Immigrant Voters Divided on Immigration, Presidential Picks

By JUDITH JOFFE-BLOCK As the mother of a District 9 candidate in the supervisor’s race, Clara Quezada knows who is getting her vote. But when it comes to the presidential election, the choice is more complicated. Quezada, who came to this country from Guatemala as a child, hoped to vote for the contender who would grant amnesty for all undocumented...

Candidates Struggle to Meet Student Expectations

By ALLISON DAVIS De’Anthony Jones, a 17-year-old junior from Mission High School, asked those in the audience who had lost a friend to violence to raise their hand. Twenty hands shot up. He then turned to the 11 Board of Education candidates at a youth-led forum on a recent Thursday. “What are you going to do about the violence that...

A Royale Flop?

By JORDAN CONN As the tapas grew stale and the wine bottles remained sealed, District 9  Supervisor candidate Eva Royale hit an unexpected challenge at her campaign’s Thursday night “meet and greet.” There were no undecided voters to meet — and barely any supporters to greet. “Well, you know, I think there was a Giants game tonight,” Royale said before...

Quezada Kicks off Grassroots Campaign with Mission Rally

By ARMAND EMAMDJOMEH Dressed in yellow “Luchando por la comunidad” T-shirts, they filed past the ironing board that served as a sign-in table through the narrow doorway. With samba rhythms blaring and the heat on Saturday reaching near record highs, the crowded space felt more like a dance club than a campaign kickoff rally. But it was.  The yellow shirts...

District 9 Candidate: David Campos

As a young immigrant, David Campos learned what it was like to be labeled “illegal.” Later at Harvard, he studied law alongside the elite. Now 37, Campos is running to replace Tom Ammiano as District 9 Supervisor, and it’s this range of experiences that he and supporters think will give him the advantage in a progressive-leaning field. “Being educated where...

District 9 Candidate: Eric Storey

Eric Storey is a dog person.  Within minutes of meeting Storey—one of the District’s lesser known Board of Supervisor candidates–he is likely to mention a favorite past time: walking his eight year old beagle, Toby, in the district’s parks. But it was an unfriendly dog that first launched the 35-year-old self-described “average guy” into the crowded District 9 race. During...

Candidates Artfully Address Safety, Housing

Talk of public safety dominated a forum dedicated to the arts as the three front-runners in the race for District 9 Supervisor spoke Wednesday night at the Red Poppy Art House. Fielding questions from a room full of artists and activists, Eric Quezada, Mark Sanchez and David Campos proposed a unified platform through an art-focused lens. “The arts should be...

Ranchera Music Draws New Voters

It was live from City College as Univision reporter Alejandro Mendoza implored Spanish-speaking citizens on a recent Friday afternoon to come register to vote. “I always have Univision on,” said Rosabeta Almendares, who caught the 5:30 broadcast on the Bay Area’s newscast, Noticias 14.  Within minutes, she arrived at the campus courtyard on 22nd and Bartlett with a son and...