Former Supe Aaron Peskin Defeats Mayor-Appointed Julie Christensen

Aaron Peskin appears to have come out ahead of Julie Christensen in the San Francisco race for District 3 supervisor in Tuesday’s election, according to complete unofficial election results.

Peskin was previously elected as District 3 supervisor in 2000 and served two terms. He was twice elected as president of the Board of Supervisors. He received about 53 percent of the vote, with Christensen receiving about 43 percent. Wilma Pang finished third with nearly 4 percent.

District 3 includes San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods. The term of office for the person elected to fill this vacancy will be one year, which is the remainder of the current four-year term.

Mayor Ed Lee appointed Christensen after former Supervisor David Chiu won a seat in the state Assembly last year.

Peskin’s platform included an emphasis on affordable housing. He said he hoped to increase private developers of market-rate housing and offices’ obligation to contribute to affordable housing in the city.

San Francisco supervisors Eric Mar, Norman Yee, David Campos, John Avalos and Jane Kim expressed support for Peskin leading up to the election.

Kim said on Twitter that she volunteered during her lunch break Tuesday by calling voters and encouraging them to vote for Peskin.

Supervisor Campos said via Twitter at about 11:35 p.m., “Celebrating w @AaronPeskin, our newest member of the Board of Supes. Welcome aboard Aaron!”

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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