The D6 progressive primary is defunct

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The invite for the D6 symposium highlights some of Daly's accomplishments

Luke Thomas at Fog City Journal had it first: Sup Chris Daly's progressive primary for district six didn't work out. But there will be a District Six Symposium at the same place, at the same time. Daly told me that the primary hadn't exactly morphed into the symposium: "I've been planning to do a symposium anyway, and I scheduled it for that day because, well, I had the day free."

He had the day free because his call for a primary among the progressive candidates in the district pretty much collapsed when most of them said they weren't interested. I never quite saw this as working out, but I give Daly credit for trying to do something to prevent the competing progressives from fighting (and wounding) each other and allowing a more moderate candidate to win his seat. In the end, he said, "I'm just one guy, and I didn't have to power to prevent a train wreck."

Of course, a primary battle could have had the opposite effect, stirring up competing negative campaigns. And that's what we simply have to avoid this fall. With ranked-choice voting, Debra Walker, Jane Kim and Jim Meko don't have to run the kinds of campaigns that would cost the district its progressive representation. But if things get nasty, that could easily happen.

In District Five in 2004, the progressive candidates (and lord, there were a lot of them) pretty much all agreed to keep it positive and civil, and it worked. If the D6 symposium can lead to some discussion of how the candidates can work together, it will be worthwhile.

In the end, I supposed it's too much to ask people who have decided they really want to be supervisors to think about the progressive movement first, and their own ambitions second. But they could try.

Comments

Nice thoughts, but with Kim in this will be a slugfest with the candidates appearing to stay above the fray while their operatives do the dirty work. However, that will only provide entertainment value. Whoever runs the best campaign, has the best neighborhood-based field operation will carry the day. It will come down to who best has their finger on the pulse and issues that are really important to the majority of voters in the district. I also think the winner will have to convince the voters s/he will be an effective advocate for their interests. One thing is for sure - glitz and bogus messaging aren't going to work in this district with a lot of folks. Also, gentrification in the district will have an impact. It is no longer a sure win for progressives and it isn't D5.

Posted by D6 Resident on Jul. 01, 2010 @ 9:14 am