District 5 candidates Vallie Brown — the current supervisor — and Dean Preston differ on tactics for constructing new housing, and how much leeway corporations should have, but when it comes to homelessness, safe streets, education, or the preservation of families, the pair are only a few degrees apart.
It’s likely going to be a close race between Brown and Preston; Preston lost the 2016 showdown between current Mayor London Breed by just four percentage points. Brown is beating him on fundraising, but Preston started campaigning months earlier.
While new differences between the candidates have emerged in debates over the past few weeks, the major issue that divides their policies continues to be housing. Preston wants to hold predatory landlords accountable for their behavior, better protect vulnerable tenants, and raise the percentage of affordable housing in new developments.
Brown doesn’t not support those policies, but is more focused on construction; she was one of two supervisors to support Senate Bill 50 to increase zoning in transit-dense areas.
In the end, both longtime district residents are highly qualified and capable candidates with a long resume of community organizing. The only supervisor race of the fall election will undoubtedly get more heated as we inch closer to November.
Fall 2019 Election Preview Coverage
- Why Is the District Attorney’s Race So Important? — The district attorney race
- Barring a Miracle, Breed Will Sail to Victory in November — The mayor’s race
- And Then There Was One — Single candidate races
- Affordable Housing Looms Large in November — The ballot measures