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Team Thea garners 74,417 votes and election to the Board of Trustees

Thanks to hundreds of supporters, donors (from $10-$500), walkers, window sign displayers, food donors, house party throwers, and people who spread the word from one side of this town to the other (you know who you are), WE DID IT!

Not only did we win one one of the three seats in a highly competitive race with 7 candidates, but I came out  the top voter-getter in both the 4- and the 2-year race for City College Board of Trustee. I cannot thank you enough for your help in large and small ways. Everything made a difference!

While we ran this campaign without an official campaign manager, I especially want to call out my de facto campaign manager and friend Hal Fischer and my friend Brian Goldstein who have been with me since my first campaign when I ran (and lost) for District 5 Supervisor in 2012, through my successful bid this year. I also want to call out the other members of my kitchen cabinet extraordinaire Kerri RyerJason McDanielOlivia ParkerElizabeth LaFerriere, and Lynn Friedman who helped navigate this campaign from beginning strategy to endorsements to get out the vote. Without such a dedicated group of volunteers helping me through this, I could not have done it.

In addition to receiving the support of 8 out of 11 Supervisors and 5 out of 7 Board of Education Commissioners, I secured endorsements from the following incredible list of organizations--from the left, right and center:

Organizations/Labor

San Francisco Democratic Party
AFT 2121 | City College of San Francisco Faculty Union
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Asian Pacific Islander Democratic Club
Black Leadership Council
Black Young Democrats
Central City Democratic Club
Chinese-American Democratic Club
City Democratic Club
District 5 Democratic Club
District 8 Democratic Club
Evolve California
FDR Democratic Club
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Irish American Democratic Club
The Labor Council
Noe Valley Democratic Club
Parent PAC
San Francisco Bay Guardian
San Francisco Democratic Women in Action
San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798
San Francisco for Democracy Political Action Committee
San Francisco Moderates
San Francisco Women's Political Committee
South Beach District 6 Democratic Club
Transport Workers Union, Local 250A
UA Local 38
United Educators of San Francisco
Wallenberg Democratic Club
Westside Chinese Democratic Club
Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club

With the amazing help of Holly Teliska, we put together an impressive roster of house parties in most districts in San Francisco. Here is the first house party we did, at my friend Diane Bekkers'.
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In the final stretch, we paired up with my friend Emily Murase, top vote getter in her race for San Francisco School Board and her tireless campaign manager Chris Rankin to strategically crisscross San Francisco with sometimes grueling walks. A special thanks to Benj Juricin who went above and beyond in her district introducing me to VIPs and helping me get the word out.

Big thank you to our best canine GOTV volunteer, Jasper! Here is our prize-winnner in his regalia! 
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Finally, a young woman entered the campaign in the last few weeks--Mali Efraim. Her calm demeanor, organizational skills and boundless energy harnessed our GOTV and visibility teams to help push us towards victory.  
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ELECTION NIGHT

A big thank you to Robin Endres and Hal Fischer for coordinating the great venue of Lush Lounge on Polk, and to Memphis Minnies for the awesome local BBQ. The evening ended with a small band of us going to City Hall to get results at midnight, a great way to end a fun night. 
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WHAT's NEXT

City College Chancellor Art Tyler has congratulated the newly elected on our wins, and we will be meeting next week with the Chancellor of the entire community college system in California. A draft plan is being put together for getting the elected Board of Trustees back in power. Things are still very much up in the air as to timing of being reinstated. The outcome of the City Attorney's case against the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) may change the landscape entirely. 

Please stay tuned as we navigate this rocky road. I will keep you informed as things unfold. Please know that it is my intention to make sure that City College remains accredited, financially stable, and accessible for the 80,000 students that it serves every year, and for San Francisco. It is a vital institution and I will do everything I can to make sure it thrives.

Onward, and warmest regards,

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