San Francisco Supervisor Haney Wins Assembly Election


FILE – San Francisco city attorney David Chiu, right, stands next to Mayor London Breed, left, and former city attorney Dennis Herrera as he speaks at a press conference on September 29, 2021 in San Francisco. Residents of some of San Francisco’s most popular and troubled neighborhoods will elect a new member of the state’s legislative assembly in a special runoff election on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 between two Democrats. The runoff is being held because neither Matt Haney nor David Campos received more than 50% of the vote in February’s special election. (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)


San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney declared victory in a special state assembly election on Tuesday, but will have to run again in June and November to retain the seat.

Haney received nearly 64% of the vote and former Supervisor David Campos had about 36%, according to the ballot papers for the 17th Assembly District special election.

Campos admitted on Tuesday evening, telling supporters that “big money has figured out how to win elections…and that’s what happened here.”

Haney berated Campos, who had promised to avoid corporate contributions.

Both candidates are on the progressive side of the Democratic Party, but Mayor London Breed backed Haney and will choose his replacement on the board of trustees.

Assembly District 17 occupies the eastern half of San Francisco and includes touristy neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Downtown, and the Mission. It also includes the Tenderloin, a hotspot for homelessness and illegal drug use.

The special election was held because neither Matt Haney nor David Campos received more than 50% of the vote in February’s special election.

Haney will have to run again in the general election in June and November to retain the seat for another two years, meaning district residents will be able to vote for the race up to four times a year this year.

The seat became vacant last year after David Chiu resigned to become San Francisco city attorney, a job that became available when Breed appointed then-city attorney Dennis Herrera as head of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission after Harlan Kelly stepped down in 2020.

Kelly left after federal prosecutors charged him with fraud for allegedly taking bribes from a licensing agency in exchange for inside information. Fighting the charges, Kelly is just one of many city officials and contractors caught up in a public corruption scandal involving former public works director Mohammed Nuru.

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