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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Gordon Mar

Nonprofit Director / Parent
10,288 votes (36.23%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Creating Affordable Housing
  • Moving Public Transit Forward
  • Making the Sunset Safer



Profession:Non-profit Executive Director
Co-founder and Executive Director, Jobs with Justice San Francisco (2010–current)


UC Berkeley Bachelor, Conservation and Resource Studies


I’m running to protect working families like mine, who are endangered species in San Francisco. I’m running to ensure my daughter can afford to live in the city she’s being raised in. I’m running to expand opportunities for our students, and services for our seniors. I’m running because I want the Sunset to be affordable for families, and a safe, serene, beautiful neighborhood, with thriving communities and small businesses, where residents have a voice in the decisions that impact their lives.


I came to San Francisco 30 years ago, drawn by its diversity, values, and strong sense of community. Thirteen years ago, my wife Cecilia and I came to the Sunset District to raise our daughter, Lian.

My father immigrated from China and raised me to value hard work and serving the community. He is why I studied Conservation at UC Berkeley and devoted my entire career to expanding access to good jobs, education, housing, and healthcare.

I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Jobs with Justice San Francisco, a coalition of over 30 labor, community and faith-based organizations, where I work hard to improve the living and working conditions of families, seniors, students, and immigrants.

I've worked and won for our communities, yet everything that brought me to San Francisco decades ago seems to be disappearing. Opportunities for working families like mine are going extinct.

As Supervisor, I will work to expand those opportunities—for all of us. I will bring my decades of experience listening to the community, building diverse coalitions, and winning big for working families. On Day One, I'll be ready to fight for San Francisco, for the Sunset District, and for you."


- Gordon

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Examiner
  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Women's Political Committee

Organizations (68)

  • Plumbers, Steamfitters,Refrigeration & Pipineline Local 342
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters, Refrigeration Fitters Local 467
  • Plumbers, Pipe & Refrigeration Fitters Local 246
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 159
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 442
  • Teamsters Local 2010
  • Teamsters Local 350
  • Teamsters Local 665
  • Teamsters Local 853
  • Teamsters Local 856
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 483
  • Painters & Drywall Finishers Local 913
  • Glaziers Architectural Metal and Glassworkers Local 718
  • IUPAT District Council 16
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
  • IBEW Local 6
  • Communications Workers of America Local 9410
  • Carpenters Union Local 22
  • Laborers Local 261
  • Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 648
  • UNITE HERE Local 2
  • SEIU United Healthcare Workers West
  • SEIU United Service Workers West
  • SEIU Local 87
  • SEIU 2015
  • SEIU 1021
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Faculty Association, SF State University
  • AFT 2121 - City College of San Francisco Faculty Union
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 (#2)
  • San Francisco Deputy Sheriff’s Association
  • United Educators of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Berniecrats (#1)
  • Progressive Democrats of America - California
  • Evolve
  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • San Francisco Tomorrow
  • San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters
  • Chinese Progressive Association Action Fund
  • San Francisco Rising Action Fund
  • San Francisco Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Latina/o Young Democrats of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
  • Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA)
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (#1)
  • Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
  • New Avenues Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (#1)
  • FDR Democratic Club of San Francisco for Seniors and People with Disabilities
  • Irish Caucus, California Democratic Party
  • Irish American Democrats USA
  • Irish American Democratic Club - Bay Area
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Rose Pak Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Young Democrats
  • San Francisco Democratic Women in Action
  • California Nurses Association
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • Sing Tao Daily
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Bay Area Reporter

Elected Officials (27)

  • David Campos, Democratic County Central Committee Chair
  • John Avalos, Former Supervisor
  • Christina Olague, Former Supervisor
  • Eric Mar, Former Supervisor
  • Art Agnos, Former Mayor
  • Harry Britt, Former Board of Supervisors President
  • Matt Gonzalez, Former Board of Supervisors President
  • Tom Ammiano, Former Assembly Member
  • John Burton, Former Congressman
  • Mark Leno, Former State Senator
  • John Rizzo, City College Board Trustee
  • Tom Temprano, City College Board Trustee
  • Thea Selby, City College Board Trustee
  • Shanell Williams, City College Board Trustee
  • Brigitte Davila, City College Board President
  • Mark Sanchez, Board of Education Commissioner
  • Matt Haney, Board of Education Commissioner
  • Faauuga Moliga, Board of Education Commissioner
  • Bevan Dufty, BART Board Director
  • Jeff Adachi, Public Defender
  • Aaron Peskin, Supervisor, District 3
  • Hillary Ronen, Supervisor, District 9
  • Rafael Mandelman, Supervisor, District 8
  • Jane Kim, Supervisor, District 6
  • Norman Yee, Supervisor, District 7
  • Sandra Lee Fewer, Supervisor District 1
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting

Individuals (28)

  • Juanita MORE!
  • Broke-Ass Stuart
  • Pratima Gupta
  • Peter Gallotta
  • Frances Hsieh
  • Alysabeth Alexander
  • Cleve Jones
  • Roma Guy
  • Conny Ford
  • Esther Marks
  • Alisa Messer
  • Tony Kelly
  • Dean Preston
  • Hene & Dennis Kelly
  • Debra Walker
  • Alison Collins
  • Athena Waid
  • Alan Wong
  • Erica Zweig
  • Christina Perez
  • Peter Olney
  • Ralph Lane
  • Sonny Smith
  • Peter Finn
  • Li Miao Lovett
  • Jaynry Mak
  • Gordon Chin
  • John O'Riordan

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Francisco (3)

What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district, and what would you do to address it?
Answer from Gordon Mar:

Public safety is one of our bigggest challenges. We all deserve to feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods, without fear of crime disrupting our communities. Strong communities are safe communities, so I will emphasize building trust between police officers and the communities they serve, and dedicating resources so crimes in the Sunset get the attention they need. 


My 4-point platform to reduce crime in the Sunset District includes:

1. Expand foot and bike patrols

2. Increase the number of bilingual officers

3. Explore opening a police substation on Irving Street

4. Expand Neighborhood Watch Program


What experience or qualifications do you have that make you well suited for this role?
Answer from Gordon Mar:

For three decades, I helped win landmark victories for good jobs, education, healthcare, and housing in San Francisco. I am the co-founder and Executive Director of Jobs with Justice, a coalition of over 30 unions, community, and faith-based groups. I've lived in the Sunset for 13 years with my wife, Cecilia, and my daughter, Lian.

I have a strong track record of bringing people together and building coalitions to get big things done, championing innovative policies and working with the Board of Supervisors, City departments, and neighborhood leaders to implement them. I was a key leader in campaigns that:

• Saved City College from closure and made it tuition-free

• Expanded home-care services for seniors, including the Support At Home program

• Raised San Francisco’s minimum wage – twice, in both 2003 and 2014

• Passed the Retail Workers Bill of Rights to promote full-time jobs and predictable schedules

• Created good jobs for San Franciscans by ensuring large companies hire locally

• Increased school funding and pay for teachers and school workers

• Rebuilt St. Luke’s Hospital to preserve vital healthcare services for underserved communities

What are your priorities when it comes to housing and affordability issues in your district and what solutions do you propose to address them?
Answer from Gordon Mar:
San Francisco should be a city for all kinds of families, where people can raise children and age in place. As a father, I want to ensure my daughter—and all our children— can stay in the community where they are raised. There are immense opportunities for housing that is affordable in San Francisco, including the Sunset. We can build a neighborhood where diverse people get their everyday needs met, feel stable and secure, and thrive across generations. My housing platform is comprehensive, community-driven, and fits who we are as Sunset residents.

  • Building housing that’s truly affordable

  • Incentivize homeowners to build In-Law units

  • Address rental housing affordability

  • Create a Community Plan for the Sunset

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