Breed elected city of San Fran­cisco mayor

Trump cen­tral in Ne­vada

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SAN FRAN­CISCO, June 14, (AP): San Fran­cisco Su­per­vi­sor Lon­don Breed emerged vic­to­ri­ous Wed­nes­day to be­come the city’s first African-Amer­i­can woman mayor af­ter nar­rowly de­feat­ing a ri­val who was seek­ing to be­come the first openly gay man in the po­si­tion.

It took eight days of count­ing af­ter Elec­tion Day for Breed to build a large enough lead to claim the city’s top job. With about 250,000 bal­lots tal­lied, she led for­mer state Sen. Mark Leno by 2,177 votes with only about 6,700 left to count.

Leno called Breed to con­grat­u­late her on the vic­tory and later she ap­peared briefly be­fore re­porters and cheer­ing sup­port­ers on the steps of City Hall. She said she was hum­bled, hon­ored and look­ing for­ward to serv­ing as mayor.

In par­tic­u­lar, she rel­ished the mes­sage her elec­tion sends to San Fran­cisco’s youth, es­pe­cially kids like her­self who grew up poor.

“No mat­ter where you come from, no mat­ter what you de­cide to do in life, you can do any­thing you want to do,” she said. “Never let your cir­cum­stances de­ter­mine your out­come in life.”

Breed, who will take of­fice next month, is the sec­ond woman to be elected mayor in San Fran­cisco his­tory. The other was US Sen Dianne Fe­in­stein.

Breed, 43, vowed to be mayor for all of San Fran­cisco, a mes­sage she re­peated through­out her bid to lead a city that is eco­nom­i­cally thriv­ing but mired in home­less­ness, con­ges­tion and un­af­ford­able homes. She has vowed to rid the side­walks of home­less tent camps within a year of tak­ing of­fice.

Turnout ex­ceeded 50 per­cent— un­usu­ally high for re­cent may­oral elec­tions — in a con­test that was placed on the June 5 bal­lot af­ter the death of Mayor Ed Lee in De­cem­ber.

Breed will fill the rest of Lee’s term, which ends in early 2020, and will need to run in Novem­ber 2019 for a full four-year term.

Breed

Un­usual

San Fran­cisco has an un­usual ranked choice vot­ing sys­tem that al­lows vot­ers to pick their top three can­di­dates for mayor. Dur­ing the com­pli­cated count­ing process sec­ond-place and some­times third-place choices end up be­ing tal­lied.

In an ef­fort to block Breed from win­ning, Leno and Su­per­vi­sor Jane Kim asked their sup­port­ers to pick the other as their No. 2, say­ing that Breed rep­re­sented the sta­tus quo that had made San Fran­cisco so in­equitable. All three are Democrats.

But Breed still pre­vailed, rid­ing her sup­port among the busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment who helped her lead the field in cam­paign dona­tions.

The por­tray­als of her as a lackey of big busi­ness bugged Breed, who first won a su­per­vi­sor’s seat in 2012.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump won’t be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber, but he is shap­ing up to be at the cen­ter of two im­por­tant cam­paigns in Ne­vada as Democrats hope to re­claim the gover­nor’s man­sion for the first time in 20 years and Repub­li­cans work to keep a US Se­nate seat.

With pri­mary races set­tled in the bat­tle­ground state Tues­day, Democrats are bet­ting an anti-Trump back­lash will carry them to vic­tory in Novem­ber and are por­tray­ing GOP nom­i­nees as boost­ers of Trump, not Ne­vada — a state Hil­lary Clin­ton won in 2016.

But Ne­vada Repub­li­cans con­tend that pre­dic­tions of a “blue wave” are overblown and en­thu­si­asm among their base is strong. They’ve cast GOP can­di­dates as a guard against Cal­i­for­nia-style lib­er­al­ism and the po­ten­tial im­peach­ment of the pres­i­dent.

“They know that I’m the one per­son stand­ing in the way of their Trump im­peach­ment strat­egy, tax cut re­peals and re­in­state­ment of Obama-era reg­u­la­tions,” Ne­vada GOP Sen. Dean Heller said in a cam­paign email af­ter his pri­mary win Tues­day night.

His cam­paign has pointed to ef­forts of Cal­i­for­nia bil­lion­aire Tom Steyer, who is run­ning ads in Ne­vada and around the coun­try push­ing to im­peach Trump. Steyer, who is sched­uled to hold an im­peach­ment town hall in Reno on Wed­nes­day night, has separately pledged to spend $2 mil­lion in Ne­vada to de­feat Heller and state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Adam Lax­alt, the GOP can­di­date for gover­nor.

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Lax­alt, who will face Clark County Com­mis­sion Chair Steve Siso­lak, hasn’t linked his elec­tion to the pres­i­dent but ac­knowl­edged in his vic­tory speech Tues­day night that Democrats will make that case.

“They’re go­ing to say I’m a pup­pet for the pres­i­dent. They’re al­ready say­ing that. But Don­ald Trump did not fail Clark County for decades,” he said.

His com­ments came hours af­ter Trump tweeted his sup­port for Lax­alt.

Siso­lak, the chair­man of a pow­er­ful coun­cil over­see­ing the Las Vegas Strip, has re­peat­edly cam­paigned on a pledge to stand up to Trump.

The races, which have al­ready started draw­ing in mil­lions in out­side spend­ing, are high stakes bat­tles for both par­ties.

A Demo­cratic win in another Wis­con­sin spe­cial elec­tion has the party within strik­ing dis­tance of re­cap­tur­ing the state Se­nate and end­ing Gov. Scott Walker and his fel­low Repub­li­cans’ stran­gle­hold on state gov­ern­ment, a pri­or­ity for Democrats na­tion­ally as another round of re­dis­trict­ing nears.

Many in the party ac­knowl­edge over­look­ing lo­cal races for years, and they’re now fight­ing to claw back at least a share of power in as many states as pos­si­ble to thwart another round of Repub­li­can map-draw­ing.

Or­ga­niz­ing for Ac­tion, a po­lit­i­cal group that evolved from for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s cam­paign op­er­a­tion, an­nounced Tues­day one of its pri­or­i­ties was flip­ping con­trol of the Wis­con­sin Se­nate. The Na­tional Demo­cratic Re­dis­trict­ing Com­mit­tee, run by for­mer US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder, spent at least $35,000 sup­port­ing Caleb Frost­man, the win­ning can­di­date in Tues­day’s spe­cial Se­nate elec­tion.

Frost­man’s win marks the 43rd leg­isla­tive seat na­tion­wide that has flipped Demo­cratic since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice, ac­cord­ing to the Demo­cratic Na­tional Leg­isla­tive Cam­paign Com­mit­tee. The vic­tory brings Democrats within just two seats of the Wis­con­sin Se­nate ma­jor­ity. The Novem­ber elec­tion will de­ter­mine con­trol start­ing in 2019 and give that party an edge head­ing into the 2020 elec­tions. Who­ever is in con­trol af­ter those con­tests will han­dle re­dis­trict­ing in 2021.

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