Who signed the nomination papers for the November candidates?
All candidates must take an oath, fill out forms (such as a Statement of Economic Interests that includes gifts they got), pay a filing fee – and submit signatures from 20 registered voters nominating them as candidates.
It’s all soon to be available on the internet – except for the names of the nominators (is that a word?) of the candidates.
CitiReport sleuthed through the files in City Hall’s basement, got told we weren’t allowed to see the names, filed a Sunshine Request, chatted with the Elections Director (who didn’t resist for a second and quickly offered access), went back to Elections and looked through the records.
Couple of points. No one is allowed to make copies (not even a quick iPhone pix), but you can take hand notes. Also: people have deplorable handwriting. Even when it says spell the name. Can’t people spell their own names? And were we the last generation to learn the Spencer handwriting style with big cursive letters posted over the blackboard in every classroom through grade 8?
We gave it our best shot. If we misspelled a name, don’t blame us. If the name is dead wrong, go ahead and blame us. We’ll take it.
And if the candidate you want to know about isn’t here, don’t blame us for that either.
Turns out that candidates can submit names on a petition as part of an “in lieu” filing, and in some cases several thousand signatures were turned in. We weren’t offered a chance to go through those, thank heavens.
The ones we don’t have because they submitted long petitions are: Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor David Chiu, former supervisor Bevan Dufty, and Assessor Phil Ting.
But we’ve got the BFF (Best Friends Forever for those of you over 25) list for the other mayoral candidates.
You must be a registered voter to nominate someone. That probably explains why Rose Pak did not sign for Ed Lee because she isn’t a registered voter (at least not in San Francisco). Although it may be that she, Willie Brown, Gordon Chin, and others involved in the Run Ed Run effort have just been too darn busy, what with one thing and another.
Oh, and one other thing: only one BFF per candidate. Folks can endorse more than one, and some have signed endorsement slips for the Voter Handbook for more than one, but you can only be a nominator for one.
That’s what makes you a BFF.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi
Frances Susan Hall
Addie C. Kitchiner
Susan Van Kuiken
Mary Patricia Perkins
Supervisor John Avalos
Sheila Chung Hagen
Kim Shree Maufas
Robert “Gabriel” Haaland
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Benjamin A. Gonzales
Mayor Ed Lee
(someone got lost on the way to our computer; there are just 19 names here)
Robert Henry Johnson
Mery Ellen O’Brien
Marilyn Sue Lee
Patrick O’ Meara
Ashley de Smeth
Karri Ann Frerichs