Update: Janet Reilly Concedes
Mark Farrell -- who didn't have very many endorsements but did end up with more ranked-choice votes than favorite Janet Reilly -- has declared victory.
of this evening, all the votes have been counted in District 2 by the
San Francisco Department of Elections and we have won the District 2
Supervisor election," he said in an e-mail release. "Our transition team is in
place, and I will be meeting with District 2 Supervisor Michela
Alioto-Pier tomorrow to kick-start the transition process. I will also
finalize the hiring of my City Hall staff within the next week."
Per today's ranked-choice voting tabulations, Farrell had 50.6 percent of the vote to Reilly's 49.4 percent -- a razor-thin 11,105 to 10,835 margin. SF Weekly's calls to Reilly's campaign have not yet been returned.
After a long race, my campaign for Supervisor has ended. Although I received more
first-place votes than any other candidate, I have not been elected District 2 Supervisor.
Public service is an honor. It is an integral part of our democratic tradition for
candidates to pass a series of difficult tests before earning the right to hold
office. Still, I understand why many bright, capable people choose not to run for
office when I see how poisonous and cynical the process can be. In my own race, an independent expenditure committee armed with $230,000 leveled an 11th-hour smear campaign against me. They violated a litany of election laws while peddling gross distortions and outright lies. This is simply wrong. Actions like this deter many good people from public service. ...