David Campos

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David Campos
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Member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
from District 9
Assumed office
December 4, 2008
Appointed by Gavin Newsom
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Ed Lee
Preceded by Tom Ammiano
Personal details
Born (1970-09-28) September 28, 1970 (age 44)
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Phil Hwang
Residence San Francisco, California
Occupation Politician
Profession Attorney
Website David Campos for State Assembly ImForCampos

David Campos (born September 28, 1970), is an attorney and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.[1] He represents San Francisco's District 9 including Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Inner Mission since 2008.

Campos graduated from Stanford University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[2] He attended Harvard Law School from 1993 to 1996, and became a permanent resident of the United States[2] and met his partner, Phil Hwang. They married in 2014.[3] After three years of private law practice, Campos entered public service as Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco in 1999.[4] During his tenure he was chief attorney for San Francisco Unified School District overseeing its school desegregation program.[5] He was also appointed as a San Francisco Police Commissioner from 2005-2008.[4] In 2008 he became one of San Francisco supervisors where he supported and wrote legislation on a variety of issues including sanctuary city status, free public transportation for low-income youth, and fighting for clean power for the city with CleanPowerSF. His reelection in 2012 made him one of two LGBT San Francisco Supervisors.[6]

In 2014 Campos sought to represent the eastern half of the city - California's 17th District - in the California State Assembly.[7] If elected, Campos - being Guatemalan-American - would have been the first Latino to represent the city as a state legislator and would continue an 18-year tradition of LGBT officials representing the 17th Assembly District after Carole Migden, Mark Leno, and Tom Ammiano.[4] Although he was widely considered the underdog through both the June primaries and November run-off his campaign had a strong get out the vote strategy that earned him nearly 49% of votes counted.[8] He conceded to David Chiu several days after the election.

Early life and education[edit]

Campos was born in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.[5] At age 14, with his parents and two sisters, he fled the Guatemalan Civil War and emigrated to the United States.[2] Campos graduated at the top of his class at Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles, overcoming barriers such as learning English, attending an under-served high school, and the stigma and risk associated with being undocumented.[5] His academic accomplishments earned him scholarships and admissions to Stanford University, from which he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[2] While attending Harvard Law School from 1993 to 1996, Campos became a permanent resident of the United States[2] and met his partner, Phil Hwang. They married in 2014.[9]


After three years of private law practice, Campos entered public service as Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco in 1999.[4] During his tenure he was chief attorney for San Francisco Unified School District overseeing its school desegregation program.[5] Campos was also appointed as a San Francisco Police Commissioner from 2005-2008.[4]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors[edit]

In 2008, Campos was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 9 (Bernal Heights, Portola, and the Inner Mission), succeeding current State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Campos to the vacant supervisorial seat on December 4, 2008, one month before the other freshman supervisors elected in November 2008.[10] His predecessor, Ammiano, had resigned from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in early December to start his tenure at the California State Assembly.

San Francisco Sanctuary City Policy[edit]

In 1989, San Francisco passed the "City and County of Refuge" Ordinance (also known as the Sanctuary Ordinance) which prohibits City employees from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with immigration investigations or arrests unless such help is required by federal or state law or a warrant.[11]

In 2008, following the arrest of Edwin Ramos, an undocumented youth, for a triple murder, Gavin Newsom amended the sanctuary city policy of San Francisco to allow the city to refer juvenile undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies to federal authorities for deportation.[12] San Francisco had also been referring such youth arrested but not yet tried in court to federal authorities.[13]

Campos introduced legislation in August 2009 that sought to protect undocumented youth being held by San Francisco police from deportation and separation from their families. The legislation requires local authorities to wait for a criminal conviction before turning youth over to ICE.[1][13] In an editorial for the "San Francisco Chronicle", Campos stated that his proposal "strikes a balance between the former city policy that failed to report people who should have been reported, and the current one, which in essence violates the right of these young people to a hearing on the accusations against them and can ultimately tear them from the protection of their families" and that he believed "every person has the right to a hearing before being punished and is innocent until proven guilty."[14]

Free Muni for Youth[edit]

Campos and community activists including People Organized to Win Employment Rights (P.O.W.E.R.) and Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) are credited with providing free local public transportation to San Francisco youth.[15] San Francisco residents from low income communities were outraged after San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) decided to significantly reduce the use of yellow school buses for transporting students to and from school.[16] Campos argued, "in the midst of this affordability crisis, we know that low and moderate income families, youth, seniors and people with disabilities are struggling more than ever, and making public transportation affordable and accessible is one step towards alleviating some of the financial stress people are experiencing." [15]

On March 1, 2013, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) launched the Free MUNI for Low Income Youth Pilot Program. The 16-month pilot program waived MUNI fares for low- and moderate-income youth residents of San Francisco between the ages of 5 and 18. To qualify for free passes, families must make less than the average income in the Bay Area, which the SFMTA puts at $82,400 for a family of two and $103,000 for a family of four.[17]

The SFMTA decided to renew the program in response to the pilot program’s success. According to preliminary data by the Office of the Mayor, Free Muni for Low Income Youth had a positive impact on San Francisco’s transportation network. In addition, Clipper card data showed 266,000 more rides by youth Muni riders in May 2013 than in May 2012. Approximately 45 percent of Free Muni for Low Income Youth participants plan to ride public transportation as an adult, while 70 percent would recommend Muni to their friends, according to the San Francisco Unified School District Student Survey results.[18]

This success has also inspired Google to contribute $6.8 million and support these efforts for two years.[18]

Creating reproductive health care buffer zone[edit]

Since it opened in 2011, the San Francisco Planned Parenthood had faced escalating harassment from anti-abortion activists who would intimidate, shout at and physically block patients, staff members and neighbors of the clinic.[19] Protesters were obscuring access to the clinics with large signs, and taking pictures and video of anyone entering the clinic. At that time abortions accounted for less than 2 percent of patient visits.[20]

On May 7, 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Campos’ Health Care Access Buffer Zone legislation.[21] The legislation created a 25-foot harassment free buffer zone around all free-standing health clinics in the city. The penalty for encroaching the buffer zone is up to a $1,000 fine or three months in jail.[22] The ordinance also expands the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a federal offense to use physical force or intimidation to prevent a person from entering a reproductive health care facility.

Securing CleanPowerSF[edit]

In September 2012, San Francisco's supervisors voted 8-3 to approve Supervisor Campos’ CleanPowerSF legislation. CleanPowerSF will be a publicly owned clean energy program that will, for the first time in the city’s history, break the PG&E energy monopoly and give residents the opportunity to boost their use of power derived from renewable sources.[23] Ultimately, the plan will use the program’s revenue stream to help construct the city’s own renewable energy infrastructure, including wind and solar generators.[24] Supervisor Campos cited the importance of consumer choice in the city’s efforts to meet its environmental goals, saying, “this is truly about giving consumers in San Francisco a choice to say ‘we want to have clean energy.’” [24]

2014 Run for State Assembly[edit]

Campos announced his intentions for California State Assembly in August 2013. He sought to represent the 17th District (eastern half of San Francisco) and succeed his mentor, Democrat Tom Ammiano, who has reached term limits and asked Campos to run for the office. If elected, Campos would have been the first Latino to represent San Francisco in the State Assembly.[4] His election would also extend a legacy of LGBT politicians serving San Francisco in the State Assembly, starting with Carole Migden (1996-2002) and continuing with Mark Leno (2002-2008), and Tom Ammiano (2008-2014). His campaigns against SF Board of Supervisors president David Chiu were widely seen as a battle between Campos' progressive politics supported by labor and community organizations versus Chiu's more conservative politics supported by big business and tech industries.

In the June primary Campos came in second to David Chiu with 43% of the vote going to Campos.[25] The election was a tough campaign in which the "San Francisco Chronicle" declared the election season to be "unusually mean" due to attack ads, mudslinging, and negative campaigning in races throughout the Bay Area, including mailers from both campaigns while "Chiu has received the assist of $250,000 in tech-fueled independent spending that has hammered the Mirkarimi issue in mailers".[26] The mailers were funded by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and tech investor Ron Conway, "Mayor Ed Lee's prominent backer."[27] "48 Hills" noted Chiu outspent Campos 2-to-1 but still only won by a few thousand votes even though Campos had started "at least ten points behind."[28] The "San Francisco Chronicle" noted that Chiu promised he "wouldn't be bringing up one of the real wedge issues between the two - the reinstatement of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi after domestic abuse allegations."[29]

During the 2014 November election campaign independent groups funded by tech billionaires brought up innuendo against Campos regarding SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's 2011 New Year's Eve incident with his wife.[30][31] Mirkarimi was in a politically-charged legal battle which he agreed to a plea bargain to a different misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, saying he did so to keep his sidearm required for his job.[32][33][34] Special interest groups assert that the lack of a vote to sanction against the city's sheriff in some way suggests Campos' views on domestic abuse which is in conflict with Campos' "avowed support for domestic violence prevention organizations."[29] Domestic abuse activists protested against Chui for using their issues as a wedge in the campaign especially as Chiu has not brought up the same concerns with other Supervisors also running for office who also supported Mirkarimi, as well as Chiu voting record which does not show strong support for women's issues.[29][35] Chiu outspent Campos 3 to 1 in the most expensive election to date with all but one local measure breaking the way of whichever campaign spent the most money.[36] Three days after the election the race was too close to call, Campos - who got over 48% of the votes - conceded the seat to Chiu who agreed the campaigning was nasty.[37] Campos stated, "As I write this my thoughts are with Supervisor Harvey Milk. Forty-two years ago Harvey made a similar call when he lost his own race for the 17th Assembly district by fewer than 4,000 votes. It was one of many races that Harvey lost ... and yet the message that is most associated with him is that of hope. Right now my heart is filled with hope."[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bajko, Matthew S. (September 10, 2009). "Supervisor Campos has busy freshman year". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Tan, David. "David Campos – A Champion Through Education". Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Chris (January 7, 2014). "Supervisor David Campos marries his longtime partner". (San Francisco) Examiner. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f SmartVoter.org (2014). "Full Biography for David Campos". League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Supervisor Campos - About". San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  6. ^ The other is Scott Wiener, who represents District 8 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
  7. ^ "David Campos for State Assembly". Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ State Assembly, District 17. DAVID CHIU 62,864, 51.09%, DAVID CAMPOS 60,190 48.91% Total 123,054 100%, "November 4, 2014 Unofficial Election Results". SF Department of Elections. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Roberts, Chris (January 7, 2014). "Supervisor David Campos marries his longtime partner". (San Francisco) Examiner. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  10. ^ Lagos, Marisa (December 5, 2008). "Crowd cheers swearing in of Supervisor Campos". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  11. ^ "City & County of San Francisco Sanctuary Ordinance". City and County of San Francisco. 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  12. ^ Van Derbeken, Jaxon (July 3, 2008). "S.F. mayor shifts policy on illegal offenders". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Lagos, Marisa; Coté, John (August 18, 2009). "New sanctuary proposal on protecting youths". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ Campos, David (August 24, 2009). "Proposed sanctuary policy preserves rights". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Free Muni for Youth". 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Tello, Juana Teresa (April 17, 2012). "Free Muni for all youths". SFGate.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ Palmer, Cobum (February 19, 2014). "Campos takes credit for Muni youth program". SFBay.ca. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Mayor Lee, Supervisors & SFMTA Announce $6.8 Million Gift from Google to Fund Free Muni for Low Income Youth". News Releases. San Francisco Office of the Mayor. February 27, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ "San Francisco Considers Buffer Zones Near Reproductive Health Clinics". CBS Local SF Bay Area. April 18, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ "San Francisco supe seeks anti-abortion protester buffer zones". San Jose Mercury News. March 19, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ Smith, Christie (May 7, 2013). "San Francisco Supervisors Vote on Planned Parenthood "Buffer Zones"". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ San Francisco Board of Supervisors (May 21, 2013). "Ordinance No. 88-13" (pdf). Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ Halstead, Richard (April 23, 2014). "San Francisco mulls Marin Clean Energy, Assembly bill could limit expansion". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b Sabatini, Joshua (September 19, 2012). "Supervisors approve CleanPowerSF despite opt-out clause worries". (San Francisco) Examiner. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ Bay City News. "Chiu, Campos Face November Assembly Battle". SFBay.ca. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  26. ^ Diaz, John (31 May 2014). "The end of an unusually mean spring". SFGate.com. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Sabatini, Joshua. "Campos, Chiu wait in suspense: more than 22K votes uncounted in D-17 race". SF Examiner. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  28. ^ Redmond, Tim. "Election night was not good news for Chiu or Lee". 48 Hills. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  29. ^ a b c Nevius, C.W. "Assembly race between Chiu, Campos finally picks up steam". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  30. ^ Lagos, Marisa; John Coté (May 16, 2014). "Mirkarimi case rears its head in Campos-Chiu Assembly race". SFGate.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Knight, Heather; John Coté (December 31, 2012). "Ross Mirkarimi to keep job, supes decide". SFGate.com. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  32. ^ Richmond, Josh (January 13, 2012) "San Francisco sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to face misdemeanor charges." San Jose Mercury News.
  33. ^ CBS News (January 20, 2012) "San Fran Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi ordered to stay away from wife, kid in domestic violence case". CBS News.
  34. ^ Gordon, Rachel (March 13, 2002). "SF Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  35. ^ http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/10/15/domestic-violence-survivors-disgusted-by-david-chius-dv-themed-campaign-ads
  36. ^ Wenus, Laura. "Big Spending Paid Off In Local Election". Mission Local. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  37. ^ a b http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Chiu-wins-Assembly-race-after-Campos-concedes-5877206.php

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