Chinese seniors could sway mayoral election in San Francisco

Civic-minded Chinese American grandmothers and grandfathers have emerged as a potential deciding factor on who becomes San Francisco’s next mayor. 

The community is being heavily courted by incumbent Democratic Mayor London Breed and her three closest challengers in November’s election, which political analysts predict will be the toughest in decades and could move the progressive city more toward the center.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, center, walks in the Chinatown district to encourage people to vote in the primary election Tuesday, March 5, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

“It’s a community that can determine the outcome of elections,” Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University, said. 

The Chinese community makes up about one-fifth of San Francisco’s population. 

During the primaries earlier this year, they were enthusiastic backers of ballot
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