San Francisco Has New Leadership
San Francisco has elected a new mayor and it’s London Breed. Since San Francisco employs a system of ranked choice voting (RCV), it took several days for the Department of Elections to count all the votes to determine a winner, only officially certifying the outcome this week. After eight rounds of redistributing ballots, Supervisor Breed ended up besting former State Senator Mark Leno by about 2,500 votes. Mayor-Elect Breed was twice elected to represent San Francisco’s District 5, which includes the Haight, Western Addition, Fillmore, Inner Sunset, and Hayes Valley. Her election as Mayor means she’s leaving her board seat and will appoint her successor. Mayor-Elect Breed has already announced her new chief of staff and it’s Sean Elsbernd, another former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who is leaving his post as Senator Dianne Feinstein’s state director.
This week Mayor-Elect Breed resigned her post as President of the Board of Supervisors to focus on getting ready to become San Francisco’s Mayor, which will happen on July 11. Following her resignation this week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously elected Supervisor Malia Cohen as their new president. Supervisor Cohen is in her last term on the Board of Supervisors, which completes in January, representing District 10, which includes Bayview Hunter’s Point, Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch. She is currently running for the Board of Equalization, for which she will appear on the November Ballot.
District 8, the Castro, Glen Park, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, elected a new Supervisor this month — Rafael Mandelman. Mandelman is currently an elected member of the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees. Mandelman defeated Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to fill the seat left vacant when then Supervisor Scott Wiener was elected to the State Senate. Mandelman will be sworn into office on July 11. Mayor Breed will also be able to appoint a successor to Mandelman on the City College Board.