UPDATE: 11PM. ALL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED AND CHESA BOUDIN IS AHEAD BY 33% TO 31% OVER THE “INTERIM” DA SUZY LOFTUS. CHESA LEADS BY OVER 2000 VOTES. NOW WE ENTER THE RANKED CHOICE COUNT OF VOTES.
With Ranked Choice voting there’s a long way to go before the votes are finally tabulated and a winner announced.
At this point Chesa Boudin is in the lead and could be the next San Francisco District Attorney. Should Chesa win all the money spent by the Police Officers Association in its demagogic attempt to destroy Chesa and the Mayor’s appointment of an “Interim” DA 18 days before the election will have failed miserably. As well it should.
Photo above. Chesa Boudin arriving at Election night party
San Francisco Chronicle 11.5.2019 Election Night in San Francisco
Chesa Boudin, an attorney in the San Francisco public defender’s office, collected 31.8% of votes in early election returns, narrowly leading interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus’ 31.1% in Tuesday’s race to become San Francisco’s top prosecutor.
The two candidates offered contrasting visions for the city’s criminal justice system, with Boudin amassing a groundswell of support, both locally and nationally, for his plan to make progressive reforms favoring rehabilitation over incarceration.
If elected, Boudin wouldn’t be the first progressive to hold the seat in San Francisco. Gascón was widely seen as one of the most progressive district attorneys in the country. Terence Hallinan, a former defense attorney like Boudin, ran the office for two terms beginning in 1996.
Before running, Boudin worked to overhaul the state’s cash bail system, helped develop an immigration unit in the public defender’s office, and created the office’s pretrial release unit, which put attorneys in city jails to review defendants’ cases before arraignment.
Boudin used his life story to drive home his vision of reform. His left-wing radical parents, members of the Weather Underground, were incarcerated when he was an infant for taking part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that led to the death of two police officers and a security guard.
Boudin was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. He went on to study law at Yale, earn a Rhodes Scholarship and work for Venezuela’s now-deceased socialist President Hugo Chávez before coming to San Francisco.
He pledged to be tougher on police shootings and was the only candidate who said he would have filed charges against officers in the 2015 killing of Mario Woods in the Bayview.
The union representing rank-and-file San Francisco police officers spent more than $600,000 to run attack ads against Boudin. Meanwhile, a progressive group, Youth and Families Taking Power Supporting Chesa Boudin for SF District Attorney, spent more than $188,000 to support him.