2019 San Francisco mayoral election
First choice results by county supervisorial district
Breed: 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
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An election for mayor of the City and County of San Francisco was held on November 5, 2019. Incumbent Mayor London Breed, who had previously been elected in a special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Mayor Ed Lee, was reelected to a first full term in office.
London Breed was elected Mayor of San Francisco in a 2018 special election to serve until 2020, filling the unexpired term of Ed Lee, who was elected in 2011 and 2015, and died in office on December 12, 2017. Breed stood for election to a first full term in office in 2019.
- Ellen Lee Zhou, social worker and candidate for mayor in 2018
- Joel Ventresca, retired San Francisco International Airport administrative analyst and perennial candidate in the 1990s
- London Breed, incumbent Mayor of San Francisco
- Paul Ybarra Robertson
- Robert Jordan, street minister and San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate from District 6 in 2006
- Wilma Pang, professional singer/music educator and perennial candidate
- Mark Farrell, 44th Mayor of San Francisco, former Supervisor from District 2
- Mark Leno, former State Senator, former State Assemblyman, former San Francisco Supervisor representing District 8; candidate for Mayor in 2018 special election
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Ellen Lee Zhou was the conservative candidate in the race, running a campaign with pro-Donald Trump and pro-NRA messaging. Her campaign also criticized the city government's handling of homelessness. Shortly before the election, she erected a billboard on Dore Street featuring a caricature of Breed that many San Francisco politicians described as racist.
Joel Ventresca was endorsed by the San Francisco Green Party.
The election used instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting. However, Breed was reelected with a majority of the vote in the first round, and no transferring of votes was required. Although California municipal elections are nonpartisan, Ellen Lee Zhou, the second-place finisher and a self-described Republican, had the best performance for a candidate of her party in a San Francisco mayoral race since John Barbagelata in 1975.
First round votesTransfer votes
|Nonpartisan||London Breed (incumbent)||1||126,221||70.28%||
|Nonpartisan||Ellen Lee Zhou||1||25,006||13.92%||
|Nonpartisan||Paul Ybarra Robertson||1||7,649||4.26%||
|Nonpartisan||Robert L. Jordan, Jr.||1||2,458||1.37%||
|Nonpartisan||Marc Roth (write-in candidate)||1||7||0.00%||
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