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2007 San Francisco mayoral election

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2007 San Francisco mayoral election

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Gavin Newsom (1).jpg
Quintin Mecke (1646356056).jpg
Candidate Gavin Newsom Quintin Mecke
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 105,596 9,076
Percentage 73.66% 6.33%

Harold Hoogasian (1646356056).jpg
Wilma Pang.png
Candidate Harold Hoogasian Wilma Pang
Party Republican Peace and Freedom
Popular vote 8,400 7,274
Percentage 5.86% 5.07%

Mayor before election

Gavin Newsom

Reelected Mayor

Gavin Newsom

The 2007 San Francisco mayoral election occurred on November 6, 2007. Voters elected a Mayor of San Francisco and several local officials. Incumbent Mayor Gavin Newsom was re-elected by an overwhelming margin. There were 12 candidates on the ballot as well as 6 write-ins.

Besides Newsom, other notable candidates included Josh Wolf, a journalist who was jailed for refusing to testify and turn over video evidence to a federal grand jury. Another candidate, "Chicken" John Rinaldi, qualified for public financing of his campaign but ran into procedural difficulties with San Francisco's Election Commission.

It was the first mayoral election in San Francisco history to use instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, so that there would be no need for a run-off, but a majority was reached in the first round and votes were not redistributed. Results of the election were not known for weeks because every ballot had to be hand-counted due to the long-running feud between the Elections Department of San Francisco and the California Secretary of State.[1]


Many ongoing and emerging issues might have influenced this election,[citation needed] including:

  • Newsom's popularity – Newsom's approval rating has remained high throughout his first term.
  • Same-sex marriage – Newsom's 2004 directive permitting the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples played a key role in garnering wide approval from the largely liberal city.
  • Potholes, infrastructure, deferred maintenance, and the mayor's plans to improve Muni.
  • Keeping the San Francisco 49ers football team within city limits, as the team has threatened to move to a more spacious suburban stadium in Santa Clara County. The move would create a situation similar to that of the New York Jets and New York Giants, who both play at the MetLife Stadium.
  • The city's high homicide rate might also hurt Newsom during the campaign. A national survey gives San Francisco low marks for public safety.[2] Indeed, San Francisco ranked well below both Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Homelessness and transportation issues from previous years remain relevant. Public perception of the mayor's "Care, Not Cash" program (which reduces welfare payments in favor of long-term subsidized housing) will likely inform the debate.
  • On February 1, 2007, Newsom admitted to having an affair with his campaign manager's wife, who was working in City Hall. Newsom later apologized about the scandal.[3]


Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, though most candidates in San Francisco do receive funding and support from various political parties.

San Francisco mayoral election, 2007[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom (incumbent) 105,596 73.66
Democratic Quintin Mecke 9,076 6.33
Republican Harold Hoogasian 8,400 5.86
Peace and Freedom Wilma Pang 7,274 5.07
Independent Ahimsa Sumchai 3,398 2.37
Green Chicken John 2,508 1.75
Marijuana Lonnie Holmes 1,807 1.26
Green Josh Wolf 1,772 1.24
Workers World Grasshopper Kaplan 1,423 0.99
Independent Harold Brown 915 0.64
Libertarian George Davis 644 0.45
American Independent Michael Powers 519 0.36
Independent Lea Sherman (write-in) 9 0.01
Independent Rodney Hauge (write-in) 6 0.00
Independent Patrick Monette-Shaw (write-in) 6 0.00
Independent Kenneth Kahn (write-in) 3 0.00
Independent Robert Kully (write-in) 2 0.00
Independent Robert McCullough (write-in) 1 0.00
Total votes 143,359 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ John Wildermuth, Counting S.F. ballots will take a record amount of time, San Francisco Chronicle, November 7, 2007
  2. ^ The Most, Least Dangerous U.S. Cities, Associated Press, October 30, 2006 Archived June 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Patrick Hoge, Newsom apologizes at press conference, San Francisco Chronicle, February 1, 2007
  4. ^ "City and County of San Francisco Municipal Election November 6, 2007: Election Summary". San Francisco Department of Elections. 2007-12-07. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-03.

External links

Candidate Web sites

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