Of all the political races in San Francisco’s November 2015 election, the contest for District 3 supervisor was one of the most closely watched and hardest fought.
That’s because there's a lot at stake -- the balance of power on the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors will be impacted by the final outcome, resulting in a six-member voting bloc that can either be expected to align with Mayor Ed Lee or oppose him.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting (but not every last vote tallied) it appears former board president Aaron Peskin is poised to reclaim the District 3 seat, which he previously held from 2001 to 2009.
Peskin, Lee’s polar opposite as far as San Francisco politics is concerned, was ahead of incumbent and mayoral appointee Julie Christensen by nearly 10 percentage points as of Tuesday afternoon. While the gap could narrow, it's statistically unlikely that the next round of election results will put Christensen in the lead.
So with Peskin expected to take office again, the board will be more likely to take a progressive stance on major decisions -- the opposite of what would have happened if Christensen had won. In a fascinating political twist, Peskin was backed in this race by Rose Pak, an influential Chinatown figure who was previously a close ally of the mayor.