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Next Election Season San Francisco May See More Grassroots Fundraising

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Angela Johnston
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District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar

In 2000, San Francisco passed what was considered a highly progressive public finance system for city elections. But since that time, analysts say that San Francisco has fallen far behind other major U.S. cities.

Supervisor Gordon Mar represents San Francisco’s District 4 in the Sunset. In September, the Board of Supervisors passed his “Public Financing 2.0” legislation, which will go into effect in January 2020. The new law will dramatically increase the amount of public funding accessible to candidates. 

"This has been a really important program to help support grassroots candidates and to try to minimize the influence of money in our elections." - District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar

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Christopher was a fellow in the KALW’s Audio Academy class of 2020. He previously interned at NPR. Among other topics, he is interested in reporting on issues of chronic illness, disability, and mental health. Christopher’s background is in film production and social impact strategy. He’s worked with major nonprofits and corporations on developing campaigns that advance social issues.