Chesa Boudin wins San Francisco District Attorney race

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Chesa Boudin is the next San Francisco district attorney after Suzy Loftus conceded Saturday.

Boudin posted a picture to Twitter simply saying, “San Francisco. We did it.”

Loftus released a statement, that read, in part:

“I am so grateful for the chance to run and serve as District Attorney. It has been an honor to campaign with all of you and to lead the office that I care deeply about. We ran a great race, stayed positive and envisioned a city that is more safe and less divided. I didn’t win the race- but we won the support of so many San Franciscans who are demanding that our city work more effectively together to build safety. Congratulations to Chesa Boudin. I will work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition.”

The San Francisco Department of Elections released new numbers Saturday in the race for District Attorney.

Chesa Boudin has taken the lead by 2,439 votes over Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus.

As of Saturday at 4 p.m.:

Chesa Boudin: 85,950 – 50.72%

Suzy Loftus: 83,511 – 49.28%

Bernie Sanders showed the new DA some support via Twitter.

But not all are as supportive of the new DA as Sanders.

San Francisco Police Officers Association released a statement following the results.

“Unfortunately, the election results mean that San Francisco residents will have to suffer through another four years of the George Gascon style policies that have plagued our city and decimated public safety.  We know from our everyday interactions with San Franciscans that they are tired of the open-air drug markets, tired of the property crime and tired of seeing the same criminals target their neighborhoods week after week. We sincerely hope the new District Attorney reconsiders his position to not contest the early release of violent felons and that he will grow into a champion of all crime victims. In the meantime, San Francisco police officers will continue to work day in and day out to alongside our residents to try and make our city as safe as possible.” 

The majority of voters have selected Boudin as their first choice. But thanks to rank-choice voting, Loftus has maintained the lead in the race.

The department still has 1,200 ballots left to count.

Background on the DA Race

KRON4 held a debate with all four candidates in this race. Get to know the candidates by watching the debate here.

Mayor Breed appointed Suzy Loftus as interim DA last month after Gascon’s resignation. This controversial decision was met with protests. Critics of the move say Breed appointing a candidate she endorsed gives Loftus an unfair advantage over her rivals.

The candidate who has arguably garnered the most attention for wanting to bring change is Chesa Boudin. Boudin is a public defender who has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders and featured in both the Washington Post and Mother Jones.  

Though he’s opposed by the San Francisco Police Officers Association. In fact, the association says they are neutral with other candidates but against Boudin.

Longtime prosecutor Nancy Tung is also a candidate in the race. She says San Francisco is top of the list for property crimes and reports filed per capita.  

Deputy State Attorney General Leif Dautch is also running for the DA’s top spot as well.  He supports the creation of an auto burglary task force and wants to crack down on drug dealers plaguing the city.

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