David Chiu appears to be coming out in front of David Campos in the San Francisco race for District 17 state assemblymember, but the race is still too close to call, according to unofficial election results that came in late Tuesday night.
At around 11 p.m., Chiu campaign spokeswoman Nicole Derse said she is “cautiously optimistic” about the results.
Derse said the Chiu campaign is still awaiting ballots, with Chiu garnering 44,958 votes in comparison to Campos’ 42,561 votes with all precincts reporting but some absentee and provisional ballots still left to count.
Chiu and Campos both currently serve on the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Both men are Harvard Law School graduates, both are 44 years old and both are liberal Democrats.
Chiu has served as the president of the Board of Supervisors since 2009 received endorsements from the workers’ union Service Employees International Union Local 1021 as well as elected officials including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mayor Ed Lee.
Campos garnered endorsements from elected officials including outgoing Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and from labor organizations such as the California Nurses Association and the California Federation of Teachers.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News