San Francisco mayoral election, 1979
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The 1979 mayoral election was held to elect the mayor of San Francisco. Incumbent mayor Dianne Feinstein, who had succeeded the late George Moscone who had been assassinated the prior year, was elected to her first full term as mayor of the City and County, the first woman to be elected to the position in the city's history. Feinstein, with (46.63%) was tied in the November 6 election with Quentin L. Kopp (44.72%), both of whom beat out musician Jello Biafra, drag-queen activist Sister Boom Boom, Sylvia Weinstein, Cesar Ascarrunz, Steve L. Calitri, Tibor Uskert, Joe Hughes and Patricia Dolbeare.
Feinstein and Kopp participated in the December 11 runoff, in which Feinstein won with 53.96% over Kopp's 46.04%. Feinstein was sworn into office on January 1, 1980.