San Francisco, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of San Francisco, California held 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 were up for election. These included Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Incumbents ran for re-election in each district.

Three key issues shaping San Francisco's 2014 election cycle were 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 Green check mark transparent.png - 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

Affordability

San Francisco is well known for its high cost of living.[3] The finance site Nerdwallet.com, in fact, ranked it fourth in the nation in 2013, just slightly behind other metropolitan areas such as New York City and Los Angeles, California.[4] How to deal with this problem and how to make sure that San Francisco remains affordable for all of its citizens were key questions in San Francisco's 2014 elections.

Much of the conversation about affordability in the 2014 election cycle revolved around a November 4 ballot measure called "Proposition G." Proposition G targeted real-estate speculation - which some 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 were divided on the measure and the impact that it could have on housing, affordability and home-ownership.[5]

Transportation

Transportation was another issue in the 2014 elections. A ballot measure called "Proposition L" asked 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 reassessed the city's ability to install new parking meters in neighborhoods and to increase parking rates. Supporters of the plan argued that it would help alleviate some of the city's affordability problems, while opponents argued that it would add to the city's traffic congestion and divert funds from public transportation. The issue was a frequent topic of discussion amongst city council candidates.[6][7]

Soda-Tax

A third issue was 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 imposed 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 were sharply divided on Proposition E. Supporters argued that the tax would help prevent sugar related illnesses - especially amongst children - such as diabetes and obesity. Opponents, on the other hand, questioned the efficacy of a tax in dealing with these types of problems.[8]

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