Race for SF District 11 Supervisor 'A Rare Battle of Equal Advantages,' Professor McDaniel Says

Friday, November 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Jason McDaniel, a San Francisco State University Political Science professor, said John Avalos would likely pose a significant challenge to Ahsha Safai. He described it as a rare battle of equal advantages in a San Francisco supervisor race.

“Running against an incumbent with high name recognition (among voters) can be a huge advantage. We saw that clearly with [Aaron] Peskin coming back” in 2016, McDaniel said, when Peskin beat Julie Christensen in a landslide. However, Safai versus Avalos will be different.

“We rarely see this well-known, high-name-recognition incumbent versus another well-known, high-name-recognition incumbent,” McDaniel said.