Gordon Mar is poised to become the next Sunset District San Francisco supervisor after taking a wide lead over his opponent Jessica Ho after factoring in ranked-choice votes.

As of Wednesday afternoon, results from the Department of Elections show Mar leading with 56.2 percent over Ho with 43.7 percent. Mar holds a 1,733-vote lead over Ho, increasing his lead by 107 votes compared to the results from early Wednesday morning.

Mar, seen as a progressive, appears to change the balance between progressives and moderates on the Board of Supervisors. Sunset voters have been known in past elections to elect moderate candidates.

Current Supervisor Katy Tang did not seek re-election but did support Ho, who is working for Tang as her legislative aide. Ho also had the support from Mayor London Breed.

Mar, 47, currently serves as the executive director for Jobs For Justice San Francisco, which includes more than 30 union and community organizations.

Money spent from third parties in support of Mar were more than $168,000 with the majority of spending coming from the San Francisco Labor Council Labor & Neighbor Independent Expenditure PAC.

Third parties in support of Ho spent nearly four times the amount against third parties in support of Mar.

Mar had not declared victory at his campaign party Tuesday night at the United Irish Cultural Center where dozens of his supporters came in support of his campaign.

He told thanked the crowd of supporters in joining him to elect an “independent, progressive” supervisor in the Sunset District for the first time.

Tens and thousands of ballot still remain at City Hall for staff to count, including voters who dropped off mail ballots at City Hall or at a polling place.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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