Daily Dose: 11/9/2011

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Daily Dose

November 9, 2011


Bay Area

A third of the ballots show Lee in the lead

The official tally for the San Francisco mayoral election is probably days away but so far Mayor Ed Lee looks to stand a high chance in carrying out a four-term.  

Lee, who was appointed in January to fill out the term of current Lt. Gov Gavin Newsome, holds the best opportunity to be the first Asian American elected to the post in a city where nearly a fourth of the voters are of Chinese descent.

As of right now Lee leads him main opponent by more than a 10-point margin with the utilization of “instant runoff” or “ranked choice” voting.

The other candidates running for San Francisco’s mayoral position include City Atty. Dennis Herrera, state Sen. Leland Yee, Supervisors David Chiu and John Avalos, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, and former Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michaela Alioto-Pier.

The most progressive candidate, Avalos was in second followed by Herrera and Chiu.

For more information, visit: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-san-francisco-mayor-20111109,0,946362.story





Boston’s first Asian American mayor elected to third term

Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg, the state’s first Asian American female mayor was reelected for a third term.

Wong, who beat out Councilor Joseph Solomito lost to him in the September primary, but came back for a comeback win today.

“We put boots on the ground,’’ said Wong. “A lot of people came forward who said they hadn’t voted in the primary, and we wanted to make sure people came out.’’

Her hard work paid off, she knocked on doors of small Central Massachusetts city of around 40,000; campaign workers called voters, checked names at the polls and held signs at all 12 of the city’s polling places.

Wong recognized her support team for this monumental win, “We won because of the hard work by many people who believed in the vision I set four years ago, to protect tax dollars and to revive a city with a lot of creativity.”

For more information, visit: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/2011/11/09/wong-wins-third-term-fitchburg/nfZQc2p6fe9FNX6BXfsNYI/story.html





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