San Francisco, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of San Francisco, California will hold nonpartisan elections for the Board of Supervisors on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014.[1]

San Francisco utilizes ranked-choice voting for municipal offices, eliminating the need for runoff elections.[2]

Five seats are up for election. These include Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Incumbents are running for reelection in each district.

Three key issues shaping San Francisco's 2014 election cycle are affordability, transportation and a proposed soda-tax.

Board of Supervisors

Note:Because San Francisco is both a city and a county, it is governed by a Board of Supervisors rather than a city council.

Candidate list

District 2

November 4 General election candidates:

District 4

November 4 General election candidates:

  • Katy Tang - Incumbent Tang was first appointed to the board in 2013.

District 6

November 4 General election candidates:

District 8

November 4 General election candidates:

District 10

November 4 General election candidates:

Issues

As November approaches, several key issues have begun to emerge in San Francisco's 2014 election cycle. Below, Ballotpedia highlights what they are and how they are impacting the city's 2014 municipal elections.

Affordability

San Francisco is well known for its high cost of living. The finance site Nerdwallet.com, in fact, ranked it fourth in the nation, just slightly behind other metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles, California.[3] How to deal with this problem and how to make sure that San Francisco remains affordable for all of its citizens have become key questions in local San Francisco politics.

Much of the conversation about affordability in the 2014 election cycle has revolved around a November 4 ballot measure called "Proposition G." Proposition G targets real-estate speculation - which some have suspected of contributing to frequent evictions and the city's high cost of living - by establishing a tax on "short term flips." City council candidates have been divided on the measure and the impact that it could have on housing, affordability and home-ownership.[4]

Transportation

Transportation is another issue shaping the 2014 elections in San Francisco. A ballot measure called "Proposition L" will ask voters in November to decide whether the city should be prohibited from charging parking meter fees on Sundays, holidays and on weekdays outside the hours of 9 a.m and 6 p.m.. Proposition L also reassess the city's ability to install new parking meters in neighborhoods and to increase parking rates. Supporters of the plan have argued that it will help alleviate some of the city's affordability problems, while opponents have argued that it will add to the city's traffic congestion and divert funds from public transportation. The issue has become a frequent topic of discussion amongst city council candidates.[5][6]

Soda-Tax

A third issue concerns a proposed tax on soda in the city. In July the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 4 to place a measure called "Proposition E" on the November ballot, which, if approved, will impose a two percent per ounce tax on soda and other comparable beverages. The funds generated from the tax would go to health programs.

City councils candidates have been sharply divided on Proposition E. Supporters have argued that the tax will help prevent sugar related illnesses - especially amongst children - such as diabetes and obesity. Opponents, on the other hand, question the efficacy of a tax in dealing with these types of problems.[7]

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