Mayor Ed Lee today received the endorsement of civil rights activist and former Democratic Presidential candidate and Reverend Jesse Jackson. Rev. Jackson and Mayor Lee have known each other and worked together on civil rights, racial justice and economic inequality issues since the early 1980’s.
“From his early days as a tenant and immigrant rights activists to today as Mayor, my friend Ed Lee has worked to bring people together and expand economic opportunity and equality for people from every community,” said Reverend Jackson. “Ed Lee stood with immigrants, seniors and tenants to protect them from deportation, wage theft and eviction. He led San Francisco’s first rent strike. He stood with us against Prop 209 to fight for a level playing field. Mayor Lee has devoted his entire life to building bridges between cultures and communities and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the best choice to bring hope, jobs and opportunity to every San Francisco neighborhood. I urge every San Franciscan to get out and vote between now and November 8 for Mayor Ed Lee.”
“Reverend Jackson inspired a generation of young activists like myself in the struggle for civil rights and economic opportunity, and I’m honored to have his endorsement of my campaign for Mayor,” said Mayor Lee. “Let’s work together to turn out the vote these next four days so we can keep creating jobs for the next four years.”
Mayor Lee and Reverend Jackson first met when the Asian Law Caucus and Reverend Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition joined together to push for federal prosecution of the brutal, racially-motivated murder in 1982 of Vincent Chin in Highland Park, Michigan by a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson. The case became a rallying point for the Asian American community in the U.S. against an alarming increase in hate crimes at the time, and is considered by many as the beginning of a pan-ethnic Asian American movement in the U.S. Mayor Lee and Reverend Jackson most recently joined together in January of 2011 to observe “Fred Korematsu Civil Liberties & the Constitution Day” in Berkeley.
Mayor Ed Lee today received a strong vote of confidence from his peers, earning the endorsement of his campaign for a full term from other California big city Mayors, as well as the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayors of other major U.S. cities.
“Mayor Lee and I have worked closely together all year on the tough issues facing big cities in California and across the country,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “As cities grapple with deep state and federal cuts and a still-struggling national economy, San Franciscans already have a true champion and proven advocate for their interests at the state and national level in Mayor Lee.”
In a recent poll by Benenson Strategy Group for Ed Lee for Mayor, highlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Mayor Lee is shown to maintain his commanding lead in the mayoral election, with little significant change in the race since August. (Margin of error +/- 4.9%)
* Today, 30% of voters name Lee as their first choice candidate. With this, he continues to hold a sizable lead over the field, with no other candidate in double digits (Avalos 9%, Herrera 7%, Chiu 7%).
* Lee’s hold on the race is solidified in the instant runoff: He finishes at a strong 53%, while the vote shares of all other candidates remain in the teens.
* Even with several other candidates running negative political attacks against him, Lee’s favorability remains strong at 57% favorable and just 27% unfavorable.
* Indeed, Lee is not only the most well-known candidate, he also remains the only candidate with more than 50% of voters favorable to him.
California Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today endorsed Mayor Ed Lee for a full term, citing his strong record of accomplishment in ten months as interim Mayor and his relentless focus on job creation and neighborhood economic development for the future.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Ed Lee is the best choice to lead San Francisco for the future and keep the City’s economic recovery on the right track” said Lieutenant Governor Newsom. “For the last ten months, Mayor Lee has proven he’s a problem solver who puts politics aside to get things done for San Francisco. He has the vision, the focus and the economic plan to continue creating good jobs for San Francisco, today and for the future.”
You only have a few hours left to register to vote. Your registration card must be postmarked by today in order to vote in the November 8 election, so get those registration cards in. You can find more details about registering to vote in San Francisco here.
Also, you can now vote any day through the election on November 8. City Hall will be open to vote M-F from 8-5 and Saturday and Sunday 10-4. Enter on Grove Street. Mayor Lee voted on the first day to vote, October 11. Watch this short video and learn more about how you can vote today.
According to the survey, Mayor Lee wins 31.2% of voters’ first-choice votes, with his closest challengers bunched together far below, with Dennis Herrera at just 8%, John Avalos at 7.4% and Leland Yee at 6.4%. Mayor Lee also wins the largest percentage of second and third-choice votes among all candidates, which along with his overwhelming lead in first-choice votes, propel him to victory under San Francisco’s ranked choice voting system, according to the Bay Citizen/USF Survey. The poll, the first comprehensive nonpartisan survey for the 2011 San Francisco mayoral race, surveyed 551 likely San Francisco voters in English and Cantonese October 7 – 13th.
Corey D. Cook, who helped administer the poll and is Director of the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, calls Mayor Lee’s advantage “overwhelming and possibly insurmountable” in the Bay Citizen article.
“Lee’s the clear-cut first choice, but he’s also getting second-place votes from everybody,” said Cook in the article. “No contenders have a chance to catch him in the subsequent tallies – he just wins.”
“Voters across the City continue to give broad and strong support to Mayor Lee because they already know what he has accomplished so far as Mayor this year and agree with his focus on creating jobs for the future,” said Bill Barnes, Campaign Manager for Ed Lee for Mayor. “We’re pleased the poll confirms what our volunteers are hearing on the ground, but we knows polls don’t vote, people do. Our campaign takes nothing for granted and we’re working hard every day to elect Mayor Ed Lee to a full term and keep San Francisco’s economy on the right track.”
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Most importantly, with the overall economy recovery in the US is still unstable and the high unemployment rate in the State, Ed Lee’s priority on job creation and economic growth is exactly what San Francisco needs for the next four years. In addition, all the major capital improvement projects for infrastructure and the development plans along the bay to welcome the America Cup need a great leader who is not afraid of challenges to steer the City on. Also since Ed Lee became Mayor, he has set a new tone by establishing a new working relationship with the Board of Supervisors through communications, negotiations and collaborations instead of constant fighting. These are what San Franciscans love to see.
In San Francisco, you can vote anytime after October 11, 2011. Get your vote today for Mayor Ed Lee, so you can help get your friends to the ballot box on election day. For full details, you can view the official SF Early Voting page.
If you are voting on election day, you can find your election place using the City’s handy polling place lookup tool here. Polls are open from 7AM until 8 PM. You must be in line before 8PM in order to vote, so leave plenty of time if you plan on voting in the evening.
If you have a spoiled absentee ballot, bring it to the polling location. If you no longer have it, you can vote a provisional ballot and the Dept of Elections will confirm your voting status and count it accordingly.
Here are the ways you can vote right away:
• Vote in person at City Hall.. You may vote now at the Department of Elections’ Early Voting Counter. The Early Voting Counter is located on the Ground Floor of San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48. Enter City Hall at Grove Street. You can vote Monday to Friday from 8AM-5PM, and Saturday and Sunday 10AM-4PM. Enter on Grove Street on the Weekends.
Deadline for Returning your Vote-by-Mail Ballot
Your ballot must arrive at the Department of Elections’ City Hall office or at any San Francisco polling place by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 8. Ballots that arrive at City Hall or at a polling place after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day will not be counted—even if a postmark on your vote-by-mail return envelope is dated before or on Election Day.
Join Mayor Ed Lee as he celebrates the raising of his banner at his Mission Street Headquarters and 100’s of locations around San Francisco. Enjoy food that has been generously provided by La Corneta Taqueria and music from local salsa band Adelante.