Progressive Dean Preston squeaks out win over Mayor Breed ally in D5 supes race

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Trisha Thadani Nov. 9, 2019 Updated: Nov. 9, 2019 6:06 p.m. (SFChronicle.com)

District Five Candidate Dean Preston speaks at his campaign watch party at Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley on November 05, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif.
1of2District Five Candidate Dean Preston speaks at his campaign watch party at Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley on November 05, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif.Photo: Kate Munsch / Special to The Chronicle

Dean Preston, a tenants rights activist, squeaked out a victory against the appointed incumbent in San Francisco’s District Five Saturday — a significant win that deals a major blow to Mayor London Breed and will likely bolster the progressives on the Board of Supervisors.

Preston had a 170-vote lead over Supervisor Vallie Brown in the ranked-choice totals, Saturday, with only a handful of the votes left to count. Now, Preston will represent a diverse collection of neighborhoods that includes the Fillmore, Western Addition, Haight-Ashbury, Hayes Valley and the Inner Sunset.

Although Brown finished with 67 more first-place votes than Preston, he collected enough second-choice votes to pull out the win.

More at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Progressive-tenants-rights-attorney-squeaks-14823164.php

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Trisha Thadani is a City Hall reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. She previously covered work-based immigration and local startups for the paper’s business section.

Thadani graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. Before joining The Chronicle, she held internships at The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and was a Statehouse correspondent for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

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