vote_lede_template.jpgIt’s now official.

San Francisco’s Department of Elections today certified the results of the Nov. 8 election, officially declaring Ed Lee the winner of the mayor’s race, George Gascon the winner of the district attorney’s race, and Ross Mirkarimi the winner of the sheriff’s race.

The department also announced the final results for the eight propositions on the ballot, including the reversal of the outcome on Proposition H, a non-binding measure about neighborhood schools.

Prop H, which encouraged the San Francisco Unified School District to change its school assignment process to give the highest priority in the process to students who live closest to each school, was passing by a couple of hundred votes in the days after the election.

However, when all 193,000-plus votes were counted, the measure was defeated, with the “no” votes squeaking ahead by a mere 115 ballots.

The rest of the measures decided on the ballot weren’t in doubt after election night.

Voters approved bonds to improve the city’s schools and roads, as well as a plan to revamp the pension system for city workers.

A more drastic change to the pension system was defeated, as were a sales tax, a measure to give the Board of Supervisors and mayor the ability to repeal or amend certain voter-approved initiatives, and another that sought to redefine the term “campaign consultant” in the city’s election law.

Lee defeated Supervisor John Avalos 60 percent to 40 percent after 12 rounds of ranked-choice voting in the 16-candidate mayoral field.

Gascon defeated former police commissioner and criminal justice scholar David Onek 62 percent to 38 percent, while Mirkarimi beat sheriff’s Capt. Paul Miyamoto 53 percent to 47 percent.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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