Mayor London Breed is facing a tough battle for reelection in November as the city faces persistent problems with homelessness, crime, and rampant drug use. Early challengers that emerged last year fall into the centrist camp, which Breed herself has campaigned on.
A former ally of Breed, Ahsha Safai, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which is largely made up of progressives, launched his campaign in May. Daniel Lurie, an heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune and nonprofit executive, challenged Breed in September. Both candidates positioned themselves in the centrist Democratic lane despite the city’s liberalness.