San Francisco voters will have major decisions ahead of them in 2018, with two election dates this year: June 5 and Nov. 6.
With the sudden passing of Mayor Ed Lee, the June election will now feature a hotly contested mayoral race to fill out the remainder of his term until January 2020. Additionally, there is a District 8 Supervisor race to fill out the remainder of Sen. Scott Wiener’s term until January 2019. And with deadlines still looming, we expect the opportunity for voters to weigh in on a variety of local and regional ballot measures.
We recognize this as a critical time for our 10,000-plus members to flex your political muscle. Guided by our new five-year strategic plan, we are prioritizing electing “powerful champions for bicycling as mayor of San Francisco, in key supervisorial districts, and to other important offices citywide.” Our city needs visionary leaders that can champion a bike-friendly San Francisco, and we need your help to Bike the Vote.
The endorsements process for June will follow in the vein of our past Bike the Vote campaigns. Throughout February, we will put together candidate questionnaires and reach out to each campaign to see where they stand on bike and transportation issues. In March, we will seek member input, which will help inform the final SF Bicycle Coalition Board-approved slate of endorsements. We will only endorse candidates that have completed a questionnaire.
From then until the June election, our members power our Bike the Vote efforts to register voters and promote our slate of bike-friendly candidates and ballot measures. In the past, our Bike the Vote campaign included streetside outreach, phone banking and letter-writing to help get the word out.
If you want to weigh in on our endorsements process, make sure your membership is up-to-date by joining or renewing today. If you have any questions about our endorsements process, contact our Advocacy Director at email@example.com.