2019 San Francisco mayoral election

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2019 San Francisco mayoral election

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  Mayor Breed.png Ellen Lee Zhou 1.png Joel Ventresca 2019 (1).png
Candidate London Breed Ellen Lee Zhou Joel Ventresca
Party nonpartisan nonpartisan nonpartisan
Popular vote 126,221 25,006 13,283
Percentage 70.3% 13.9% 7.40%

First choice results by county supervisorial district
Breed:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Mayor before election

London Breed

Elected Mayor

London Breed

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.[1][2]


The filing deadline was 5 p.m. on June 11, 2019.[3] Among the candidates who qualified, only the incumbent Mayor Breed had a traditional political background.[2]




Ellen Lee Zhou was the conservative candidate in the race, running a campaign with pro-Donald Trump and pro-NRA messaging.[11] Her campaign also criticized the city government's handling of homelessness.[11] Shortly before the election, she erected a billboard on Dore Street featuring a caricature of Breed that many San Francisco politicians described as racist.[11][12][13]

Joel Ventresca was endorsed by the San Francisco Green Party.[14]


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.

2019 San Francisco mayoral election[15]
Party Candidate Maximum
Share in
Maximum votes
First round votesTransfer votes
Nonpartisan London Breed (incumbent) 1 126,221 70.28%
Nonpartisan Ellen Lee Zhou 1 25,006 13.92%
Nonpartisan Joel Ventresca 1 13,283 7.40%
Nonpartisan Paul Ybarra Robertson 1 7,649 4.26%
Nonpartisan Wilma Pang 1 4,963 2.76%
Nonpartisan Robert L. Jordan, Jr. 1 2,458 1.37%
Nonpartisan Marc Roth (write-in candidate) 1 7 0.00%
2019 San Francisco mayoral election
First Round Ballot Summary
Count Share of
Continuing Votes 179,587 87.13%
Over Votes 603 0.29%
Under Votes 25,927 12.58%
Contest Ballots 206,117 100.00%
Registered Voters 495,050
Contest Turnout 41.64%


  1. ^ a b Fracassa, Dominic (July 11, 2018). "London Breed has short term as SF mayor to prove herself for re-election". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fracassa, Dominic (June 12, 2019). "It's official: Six challengers aim to unseat SF Mayor London Breed in November - SFChronicle.com". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Calendar for the November 5, 2019, Municipal Election". City and County of San Francisco Department of Elections. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ellen Zhou 2018 Mayoral Candidate San Francisco Interview: January 28, 2019". February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ellen Lee Zhou for Mayor 2019". ellenformayor2019.com. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "London Breed poised to become SF's next mayor". ABC7 News. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Lucas, Scott (June 14, 2018). "Mark Farrell Made the Most of His Whirlwind Tenure as Mayor. Is He Eyeing a 2019 Run?". San Francisco. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Matier, Phil; Ross, Andy (July 8, 2018). "Farrell calls for Breed to have clear field in next year's mayor race". SF Chronicle. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Eskenazi, Joe; Mark, Julian (June 13, 2018). "London Breed will be your next mayor, as Mark Leno concedes". Mission Local. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Bajko, Matthew (September 19, 2018). "Leno rules out 2019 mayoral run". The Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Joe Fitzgerald (October 21, 2019). "Conservative mayoral candidate defends controversial billboard: 'this is beautiful art'". www.sfexaminer.com. The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  12. ^ Chan, Connie (October 26, 2019). "Who is backing Ellen Lee Zhou?". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  13. ^ Borba, Andria (October 20, 2019). "San Francisco Officials Denounce 'Racist' Depiction Of Mayor Breed On Campaign Billboard". Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  14. ^ "San Francisco Green Party - November 2019 Endorsements". sfgreenparty.org. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "November 5, 2019 Election Results - Detailed Reports - Department of Elections". sfelections.sfgov.org.