Five men and women of color are challenging four incumbent judges on the state Superior Court in San Francisco. The insurgents — four of whom are public defenders — say the veteran jurists are vestiges of a legal system that punishes minorities disproportionately. The candidates faced off May 5 at a forum focused on African-American issues, and sparks flew. Second of two articles.
June 2018 Special Election
On June 5, San Francisco voters will choose the city’s fourth mayor in six months, ending a period of upheaval in local politics after the death of Mayor Ed Lee in December. The stakes are high and the choices are stark: Four major candidates have distinguished themselves on a political spectrum running from “progressive” to “moderate.” Voters, meanwhile, are focused on the hot-button issues of housing affordability and homelessness.
The Public Press is profiling all eight mayoral candidates. Sharp edges have emerged from differing solutions to the housing crisis, endorsements by Big Tech and the sticky issue of identity — racial, gender and sexual orientation. Our coverage includes Proposition F (legal help for evictions) and the unusually contentious Superior Court races.
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REPORTING: Noah Arroyo, Joe Eskenazi, Andrew Stelzer and Rob Waters | EDITING: Michael Winter | COPY EDITING: Sherman Turntine | GRAPHICS: Reid Brown | PHOTOGRAPHY: David Zlutnick / KALW Crosscurrents, Noah Arroyo and Terry Pon | ONLINE: John Angelico