We have three and a half months to go until June’s mayoral election, and the top three candidates are busy locking in their endorsements. Supervisor Jane Kim has the support of S.F. Berniecrats and a first-place rank from SEIU Local 1021. Former Senator Mark Leno has been endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers and the Community Tenants Association. And now Board of Supervisors President London Breed secured an “all-in” support from the San Francisco Firefighter’s Union.
As the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross reports, this endorsement by firefighters is a bigger deal than that of the police: S.F. firefighters are historically more politically active — the union has a special campaign political action committee which allows it to collect outside funding to support candidates. Firefighters also frequently crusade on foot for their candidates, the optics of which are pretty convincing.
The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association has yet to formally endorse a candidate, though a blog post written by Breed last week titled “Making a Safer San Francisco” included a controversial support of tasers, which may be an effort to win them over.
“With all I’ve seen and experienced in my life, I HATE GUNS. I hate guns. If tasers — with thorough training and oversight — can stop one shooting, then I support tasers,” Breed wrote. “I will fund their implementation. And NO ONE will be more vigilant than me in making sure they are implemented and used appropriately.”
Breed’s support is in direct contrast to Leno and Kim’s positions on the issue but is in line with the Police Commission — which voted in support of tasers last November — and San Francisco’s Police Officers Association, which has called for the city to outfit officers with the weapons for years. The latter created a ballot measure on the issue for June’s election.
A number of other big endorsements are still outstanding: The San Francisco Democratic Party has not released its list yet. The League of Pissed Off Voters makes its decision March 10. And The Chronicle, The Examiner, and The Bay Guardian are still weeks out from releasing theirs. But as we inch closer to June, the race is going to pick up speed.