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SFMMS Scores Big on Election Night

While ballots are still being counted, it’s not too early to call election night a win for San Francisco and Marin physicians! Your efforts throughout the year - your time and your contributions to the SFMMS PAC – meant your voice was heard loud and clear at the ballot box.

As of this writing, there are approximately 104,000 San Francisco ballots left to count, of which 95,000 are vote-by-mail ballots and 9000 are provisional ballots. That means roughly 260,000 of the nearly 500,000 registered voters in San Francisco participated. Marin numbers are still being updated.

Statewide, it is likely that SFMMS successfully advocated for all of our top priorities:

  • Propositions 1 – which will enshrine reproductive rights in the State’s constitution – is headed toward passage. (65% to 35%)
  • Proposition 29 – which would have added onerous dialysis clinic requirements – is headed to defeat. (30% to 70%)
  • Proposition 31 – which will uphold the ban on flavored tobacco – is headed toward passage. (62% to 38%)

We are also to likely have significant victories in the State Senate and Assembly:

  • SFMMS PAC-supported Phil Ting was re-elected to the Assembly. (79% to 21%)
  • SFMMS PAC-supported and SFMMS-endorsed Matt Haney was re-elected to the Assembly. (68% to 32%)
  • SFMMS PAC-supported Mike McGuire was re-elected to the Senate. (72% to 28%)
  • SFMMS PAC-supported and SFMMS-endorsed Damon Connolly will likely win the open District 12 Assembly seat. (55% to 45%)

In San Francisco’s Supervisor contests, most incumbents were re-elected: Catherine Stefani (District 2), Matt Dorsey (District 6), Rafael Mandelman (District 8), and Shamann Walton (District 10). The race between Joel Engardio and Gordon Mar (District 4), where the two are currently separated by less than 500 votes, is too close to call.

SFMMS also saw success with county ballot measures, securing victories on:

  • Defeating San Francisco Proposition I, which would have allowed vehicles on JFK Drive and the Great Highway.
  • Passing San Francisco Proposition J, which will keep JFK Drive closed to privately owned vehicles.
  • The likely passaged of Marin County Measures E, F, G, and J, which create funding to maintain emergency response times and the number of on-duty paramedics ready to respond to accidents and medical emergencies.

Don’t let election fever taper off too soon. Get involved with SFMMS now so we can ensure similar victories in future elections!

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