The SF supervisors are seeking re-election. Here’s how much they’ve already collected

As San Francisco turns its eyes to the State Assembly race in less than two weeks, bosses have been piling up their campaign coffers for re-election this year.

Maintainers Gordon Mar, Catherine Stefani, Rafael Mandelman and Shamann Walton are running again in November with no known challengers. While Stefani and Mandelman each raised more than $100,000 last year and Walton is not far behind with more than $78,000, Mar is behind by less than $50,000, according to year-end filings filed this week .

Mar represents District 4 on the west side, including outer sunset, while Stefani represents District 2 on the north, covering the Marina and Presidio. Mandelman’s District 8 includes the Castro and Noe Valleys, and Walton’s District 10 to the southeast includes Bayview.

Incumbents usually have an advantage, and raising funds early can be a show of strength that could deter lesser-known candidates, City Hall insiders say, though some potential challengers have already decided to run.

The District 6 seat is also open. Supervisor Matt Haney, who could have run for a second term, is instead running in the special election for State Assembly District 17, which represents the east side of San Francisco. Billie Cooper, an HIV-positive transgender advocate, Ali Ahmed, who lists his email address as “tenderloin mayor,” and Pearci Bastiany have declared their intention to run, according to the Election Department’s website.

The official registration period for the offices begins in May, so no candidates are on the ballot and more could join.

Among incumbent regulators, Mandelman led the pack with $149,450 raised in the second half of last year. His donations came from a select few people employed in unions, healthcare, real estate, technology and finance.

He also paid the most expenses of any candidate, at more than $53,784. The biggest ticket items were campaign workers’ salaries, payments to Berkeley-based campaign consulting firm Clean Sweep Campaigns, and a fundraiser at the Lake Chalet in Oakland for more than $2,756.

Milo Ohta-Mayer, who had no financial records, is set to challenge Mandelman.

According to her filing, Stefani raised the second-highest sum last year at $110,683. Notable donations included $500 from former MP David Chiu’s committee account towards his re-election in 2022, as Chiu is not running because he became city attorney. Other donors were people who work in the legal, technical, and city government fields, including $100 from Haney and $500 from one of Stefani’s aides.

She spent just under $35,730 less than Mandelman and left her more in the bank at the end of the year.

Walton finished third, raising $78,423 and spending $44,190 last year. Walton also received $500 from Chiu’s committee, $500 from his colleague Myrna Melgar, and hundreds each from political clubs and committees representing the LGBTQ community, women, and young Democrats.

His intended challenger was listed as Brian Sam Adam, who had not submitted any financial documents.

Mar trailed his peers with just $43,492, mostly from individuals and unions. He only spent $4,723.

His challenger, listed on the Department of Elections website, is Ryan Griffith, who filed a letter of intent and zero-dollar financial statements in 2019 but nothing last year.

Mallory Moench is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter:@mallorymoench

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