Challengers seize four in 10 mayoral votes
Mayor Ed Lee appears to have won re-election after defeating a diverse group of candidates Tuesday, according to complete unofficial election results.
Lee, the 43rd mayor of San Francisco, received nearly 57 percent of the vote.
No other experienced politicians were on the ballot, but a few challengers combined to get more than a third of the votes cast in the election.
The runner-up was musician and educator Francisco Herrera at nearly 15 percent. Amy Weiss, an activist and educator, finished with nearly 12 percent, while blogger Stuart Schuffman garnered more than 9 percent.
The trio had encouraged voters to pick them as a unified bloc with their three ranked-choice options on the ballot as part of the “Vote 1-2-3 to replace Ed Lee” campaign.
On the campaign’s website, the trio said Lee “has allowed corporate interests to radically change our urban landscape and lifestyle.” Lee, the city’s first Asian-American mayor, said in his candidate statement that since he was elected in 2011, the city’s unemployment rate has fallen significantly and there has been significant job growth and innovation.
“Now, with a better economy, my priority is to ensure everyone is able to share in this growing prosperity,” Lee wrote in the candidate statement.