Eric Mar, the supervisor who has kept The Richmond safe from Happy Meals, stripper vans, and a bizarre combination of both is checking his rearview mirror today.
David Lee, a longtime Mar critic, S.F. State lecturer, and executive director of the Chinese American Voter Education Committee (CAVEC) officially filed to run against the incumbent Mar in November's District 1 supervisorial race.
This is unsurprising. But, for Mar, it is also unwelcome. Ranked-choice voting is a huge security blanket for weak incumbents. That said, he is still a weak incumbent. It will be interesting to watch Team Mar assemble talking points to allow him to run on his record of the past four years. And, demographically, the district he won by a fingernail in 2008 -- during a massive Obama-fueled voter turnout -- has taken a turn to the right.
Lee, by the way, knows this. Perhaps better than anybody.
As the executive director of CAVEC, Lee is one of the city's most fervent mavens in the field of redistricting. He has mentioned, to many reporters and crowds of political wonks, how things would have gone differently for Mar in his '08 race against Sue Lee if only a couple of more right-leaning neighborhoods were included in District 1. Well, guess what -- now they are.