Here’s Why Ranked Choice Voting Makes Sense in District 11
When I ran for Mayor, despite a tiny budget my campaign received 32% of the vote against Ed Lee’s multi-million dollar campaign. How did we do it? Simple, we worked with 300 people to develop a people’s platform from different sectors and we made an alliance with Amy Farah Weiss and Stuart Schuffman (Brokeass Stuart) asking voters to vote the 1–2–3 ranked choice voting platform. Our slogan, “1–2–3 to Replace Ed Lee,” was simple, we asked our voters to rank choice Herrera as 1, and Shuffman and Weiss as either 2 or 3. That way, no vote was wasted.
Back in 2015 when the SF Examiner predicted a ‘no contest’ the day before the Mayoral election, we knew after months of knocking on doors they were wrong. When the votes were counted, each vote we received cost my campaign $0.75 cents, in comparison to Ed Lee’s $19.78 per vote. Instead of a strong mandate for an incumbent candidate, we literally forced Ed Lee to crawl to victory through the bathroom window, protected by the silver spoon.
Ranked choice voting gave the voters power in the Mayor Election and it’ll do the same thing in the November 8th District 11 election. The platforms that most closely resemble ours are those of Kimberley Alvarenga and Berta Hernandez. Every evening I walk the district and speak with my neighbors, and I’m hearing the same thing. Even though I’ve been written off by some because of a smaller budget and because I’m not backed by traditional City Hall politicians; just like the Mayoral race, on the doorsteps of the real voters it has been really warm and positive. People feel ignored and misrepresented. They are ready for a change.
Ranked choice voting gives you, the voter, more power to be able to decide who you want, and to make sure if your candidate doesn’t get voted #1, then at least your next favored candidate is in with a shot; as opposed to not putting any #2 or #3 which gives a freebie to the candidate you definitely don’t want in charge. Bullet voting does not work. If it wasn’t for ranked choice voting, John Avalos may never have become the Supervisor in 2008. Here are the results from 2008 when Avalos depended on #2 and #3 votes to get across the line.
We’re at the edge of the cliff in this city, people are suffering because of everyday politics where the same people are elected and when they’re termed out, members of their staff are elected in their place. We as a working class district need to look at how we’re going to be able to grow our families here. As it is, our children can no longer see themselves staying in this city. It doesn’t need to be like this. We need to look beyond traditional City Hall candidates. We need to decide the platform that will work for our district against decision makers in City Hall who are working against the interests of working class families. Media and pundits are framing this battle as a fight between progressive and moderate candidates, but they got it wrong for the Mayoral election and they’re getting it wrong again this time round.
I am running this people’s campaign to educate voters on what’s happening in this city and to build a people’s campaign for a livable San Francisco. Please give me your #1 vote and if not, give me your #2 or #3.