Tougher-On-Crime Politicians Poised To Win Key Elections In Democrat Stronghold


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Trevor Schakohl Legal Reporter
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Candidates with more tough-on-crime messaging appear poised to win their local San Francisco elections.

Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed replaced District Attorney Chesa Boudin in July with Brooke Jenkins, an outspoken supporter of recalling him. Jenkins won her first district attorney election, the San Francisco Chronicle projected Sunday, defeating her closest rival, John Hamasaki.

Boudin was ousted from office in a June recall election, with many critics seizing on his policies that did not prosecute enough perpetrators of murder, burglary and other offenses and released repeat offenders who later committed more crimes. Jenkins has moved against some of his administration’s policies, making pre-trial detention an option in a wider variety of cases, SFGate reported, and revoking misdemeanor plea offers for some fentanyl dealers.

Jenkins pledged to hold “violent and repeat offenders… accountable through swift prosecution and deterrence.” Hamasaki picked Boudin’s former campaign manager to run his campaign, The San Francisco Standard reported, and received the San Francisco Democratic Party’s endorsement, according to the Chronicle. (RELATED: Dem On Dem Violence: Kathy Hochul And London Breed Trade Blows Over Which Liberal Stronghold Has More Crime)

Jenkins campaigned with San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey, who is running to stay in office after Breed appointed him in May, the San Francisco Examiner reported. Dorsey was previously the San Francisco Police Department’s strategic communications head, according to the outlet, and said in June that San Francisco was “facing a perfect storm of a national police staffing crisis” partly driven by sinking interest in law enforcement careers, the Standard reported.

By Sunday, Dorsey held a lead of more than seven points over opponent Honey Mahogany in three ranked-choice voting rounds, according to the Chronicle.

On social media in 2020, Mahogany expressed support for “defunding the police, even abolishing the police and coming up with a new, better system of keeping our communities safe,” the outlet reported. Dorsey called that a “lunatic fringe position,” and his website champions “investing in public safety resources to ensure that all people can feel safe in their communities.”

Incumbent San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar trailed challenger Joel Engardio roughly 49% to 51% as of Sunday. Engardio has claimed he will “prosecute serious crimes and repeat offenders while pursuing criminal justice reform and police accountability. Put victims first.”

Engardio argues San Francisco should “fully fund the police while also investing in the community and social programs that can prevent crime” and supported Boudin’s recall.

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