Summing Up the 2015 San Francisco Election

By Reid Chalker

The results for Tuesday’s municipal election in San Francisco are in, and it’s time to break down how the voters were feeling. Mayor Ed Lee retained his job in a race that many had called long before the first votes were cast. He garnered about 57% of votes this election. The coalition of Francisco Herrera, Amy Farah Weiss, and Stuart Schuffman took in about 36%, however none of them were able to attain above 15% on their own. Francisco Herrera came in second, with just under that amount.

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In the Sheriff’s election, Vicki Hennessy won handily against incumbent Ross Mirkarimi by over 40,000 votes, or 61% to 33%. Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin found his way back to the board by beating incumbent Julie Christensen in what was bar far the closest race of the day. The District 3 election had a difference of only 1,172 votes. Peskin won 52% to 44%. In the only other contested race of the day, Alex Randolph kept his membership on the Community College Board, doubling the votes cast for his closest challenger, Tom Temprano. Randolph took 48%, Temprano 23%, Wendy Aragon took third with 19%, and Jason Chuyuan Zeng had 9%.

Housing advocates ended up with a split decision Tuesday night. Both Proposition A and K, the Housing Bond and Surplus Land measures, passed with 74%, while F and I, the more controversial measures, fell short. Proposition F, which would have created stricter regulation for AirBnB, received 44% support, and Proposition I, the moratorium on market-rate development in the Mission, was about as popular with 42%. Another measure that was seeking to develop Mission Rock, Proposition D, passed with 74% approval. Environmentalists had a good night, seeing Proposition H pass with 80% of the vote. The measure will define Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy. Proposition G, Disclosures on Renewable Energy failed to pass, however, support for the measure had been withdrawn long ago. Two Propositions aimed at transparency in city government, C and E, had mixed results. C, which requires disclosures for Expenditure Lobbyists, passed with 75%, while E, a measure requiring meetings to be broadcast and interactive, failed with 33% support. Proposition J, the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund passed with 57%. And finally, Proposition B, Paid Parental Leave for City Employees, won with 67% approval from voters.

There were no surprises in the unchallenged races. Dennis Herrera for City Attorney, George Gascon for District Attorney, and Jose Cisneros for Treasurer all won by enormous margins.

Voter turnout for this election was up from the last municipal only election in 2013. In 2013 it was 29.3%, while this years turnout was 34.84%. This is down, however, from last years election, which had State and Federal elections. 2014’s turnout was at 53%. Thank you to all of you who voted on Tuesday. Democracy doesn’t happen without you!

Results from San Francisco Department of Elections

Total Registration and Turnout

Registration 446,828

Ballots cast Percentage
Vote-by-Mail 114,901 25.71%
Election Day 66,339 14.85%
Total 181,240 40.56%

Mayor

Ballots cast Percentage
ED LEE 97,081 56.8%
FRANCISCO HERRERA 25,078 14.67%
AMY FARAH WEISS 20,359 11.91%
STUART SCHUFFMAN 15,909 9.31%
KENT GRAHAM 7,968 4.66%
REED MARTIN 4,084 2.39%
WRITE-IN 453 0.27%
WRITE-IN – JOHN E. FITCH 0 0%
WRITE-IN – KARLA GOTTSCHALK (a.k.a BELLE STARR) 0 0%
WRITE-IN – ROBERT L. JORDAN, JR. 0 0%
WRITE-IN – DANIEL C KAPPLER 0 0%
WRITE-IN – IGNACIO L. NUNEZ 0 0%
WRITE-IN – MICHAEL PETRELIS 0 0%
Total 170,932 100%

Sheriff

Ballots cast Percentage
VICKI HENNESSY 103,049 61.59%
ROSS MIRKARIMI 54,556 32.61%
JOHN ROBINSON 9,538 5.7%
WRITE-IN 177 0.11%
Total 167,320 100%

Board of Supervisors, District 3

Ballots cast Percentage
AARON PESKIN 7,876 52.01%
JULIE CHRISTENSEN 6,672 44.06%
WILMA PANG 580 3.83%
WRITE-IN 14 0.09%
Total 15,142 100%

City Attorney – 1st Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
DENNIS J. HERRERA 143,728 98.75%
WRITE-IN 1,826 1.25%
Total 145,554 100%

City Attorney – 2nd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
DENNIS J. HERRERA 32,950 92.33%
WRITE-IN 2,736 7.67%
Total 35,686 100%

City Attorney – 3rd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
DENNIS J. HERRERA 28,399 92.3%
WRITE-IN 2,368 7.7%
Total 30,767 100%

District Attorney – 1st Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
GEORGE GASCON 128,905 98.27%
WRITE-IN 2,274 1.73%
Total 131,179 100%

District Attorney – 2nd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
GEORGE GASCON 33,772 92.55%
WRITE-IN 2,719 7.45%
Total 36,491 100%

District Attorney – 3rd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
GEORGE GASCON 27,149 91.87%
WRITE-IN 2,402 8.13%
Total 29,551 100%

Treasurer – 1st Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
JOSÉ CISNEROS 129,675 98.68%
WRITE-IN 1,739 1.32%
Total 131,414 100%

Treasurer – 2nd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
JOSÉ CISNEROS 28,701 91.46%
WRITE-IN 2,681 8.54%
Total 31,382 100%

Treasurer – 3rd Choice

Ballots cast Percentage
JOSÉ CISNEROS 32,075 92.24%
WRITE-IN 2,698 7.76%
Total 34,773 100%

Member, Community College Board

Ballots cast Percentage
ALEX RANDOLPH 73,338 47.97%
TOM TEMPRANO 35,846 23.45%
WENDY ARAGON 29,137 19.06%
JASON CHUYUAN ZENG 13,700 8.96%
WRITE-IN 860 0.56%
Total 152,881 100%

Local Measure A – Affordable Housing Bond

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 136,391 73.91%
No 48,151 26.09%
Total 184,542 100%

Local Measure B – Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 122,414 67.49%
No 58,971 32.51%
Total 181,385 100%

Local Measure C – Expenditure Lobbyists

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 133,085 74.88%
No 44,649 25.12%
Total 177,734 100%

Local Measure D – Mission Rock

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 135,326 73.98%
No 47,590 26.02%
Total 182,916 100%

Local Measure E – Requirements for Public Meetings

Ballots cast Percentage
No 120,228 67.05%
Yes 59,075 32.95%
Total 179,303 100%

Local Measure F – Short-Term Residential Rentals

Ballots cast Percentage
No 103,002 55.76%
Yes 81,731 44.24%
Total 184,733 100%

Local Measure G – Disclosures Regarding Renewable Energy

Ballots cast Percentage
No 134,456 77.98%
Yes 37,969 22.02%
Total 172,425 100%

Local Measure H – Defining Clean, Green, and Renewable Energy

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 136,706 80.11%
No 33,941 19.89%
Total 170,647 100%

Local Measure I – Suspension of Market-Rate Development in the Mission District

Ballots cast Percentage
No 103,766 57.66%
Yes 76,197 42.34%
Total 179,963 100%

Local Measure J – Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 99,883 56.57%
No 76,670 43.43%
Total 176,553 100%

Local Measure K – Surplus Public Lands

Ballots cast Percentage
Yes 132,375 73.92%
No 46,710 26.08%
Total 179,085 100%

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