Julian Davis, a widely known progressive activist and organizer in San Francisco since 2002, declared Tuesday his intention to run for supervisor in District 5, the city's most liberal district and a battleground district for progressives seeking to regain control of the Board of Supervisors.
He joins eight other challengers to Sup. Christina Olague, appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to replace former Sup. Ross Mirkarimi. He was considered by many to be the board's most reliable progressive. He succeeded Matt Gonzales, a strong progressive. The battle will center on which candidate will be the most reliable progressive vote--Olague, whose votes are being carefully watched by progressives, or by one of her challengers.
Davis, a Bay Area native, is a graduate of Brown University and UC Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has worked in government and non-profit and legal sectors on community development, civil rights, social justice, public power, and environmental causes. He has worked on several candidate and ballot measure campaigns including John Avalos for mayor (20ll), Jane Kim for supervisor (2010), Prop H (2008), Clean Energy Act.) He also led a succeesful campaign in 2007 to free journalist Josh Wolf from federal prison for refusing to reveal sources in a demonstration he was covering.
"I was drawn to San Francisco by the creative energy and culture of the city--by what makes this place so special," Davis said. "Over the past l0 years, I've devoted myself to developing healthy communities. I'm running for supervisor to keep the city a vibrant home for the every day people that make San Francisco real." b3