It was a bittersweet victory because of the election of Donald Trump and the four years of havoc that ensued, but it was that conversation and many others that led to the formation of Richmond District Rising (RDR).
In a historic election, that took place during a pandemic and included an all-time-high number of mail-in votes, it was unclear how long it would take for results of local races to become definitive. However, District 7’s (D-7) new supervisor, Myrna Melgar, secured her victory on Nov. 4, the day after the election, while District 5 (D-5) incumbent Dean Preston retained his seat in what was a landslide victory compared to the razor-thin margin he held to win the 2019 special election.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the final votes were tallied and it was announced that Connie Chan won the general election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She will represent District 1, replacing outgoing Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who chose not to run for reelection.
Photos by Guy Oliveira from around City Hall on Nov. 7 after Joe Biden was named president-elect.
The race for the District 5 Supervisor seat is shaping up to be another competitive battle between incumbent Dean Preston and challenger Vallie Brown, who Preston unseated in a special election last November.
The race to replace Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee in District 7 is heating up, as five major candidates have raised a total of more than $350,000 one month ahead of the election.
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Links to statements from the District 1 candidates, November, 2020.
I am your neighbor, running to represent you on the Board of Supervisors. At a time when so many Richmond families and small businesses are being squeezed by this pandemic, I am running to ensure that you have a voice at City Hall. The stakes are too high for us to go back to politics as usual.
I was born in the Richmond, and now my husband Byron and I are raising our three kids in the neighborhood. I’m running for supervisor because for too long, elected officials have allowed the challenges facing our neighborhood to continue and worsen. We can’t afford four more years of inaction.
Let me start by thanking the Richmond Review for giving me the opportunity to write a column for our local paper. I have lived in Inner Richmond for 15 years now. Some of the best and worst moments in my life, either personally or professionally thus far, happened in San Francisco.
Our neighborhood deserves leadership that is progressive, pragmatic, and puts the Richmond first. My name is David Lee and I believe that our district has been neglected by City Hall for too long.
I believe the Richmond District can be a better place to live, work and visit. Working together we can clean our streets, fix our sidewalks and roads, and make the streets safer for our family, friends and neighbors.
I remember the first time I saw San Francisco. I was 13 years old arriving in the city with my family. My mother brought my brother and me here to give us a new start.
The race for the next District 1 supervisor is heating up as election day in November draws closer. Three candidates are emerging as the top fundraisers for their respective campaigns; two of them are running neck-and-neck for the lead.