David Chiu Elected District 3 Supervisor

Makes History as First District Elected Chinese American Representative of Chinatown

December 2, 2008 – David Chiu was today officially declared District 3 Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco.  The election was held on November 4, 2008, and the results were certified and announced today by the San Francisco Department of Elections. David Chiu will be sworn in as the newest District 3 Supervisor on January 8, 2009, in accordance with the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco.

Chiu was the top vote getter in a heated race of nine candidates.  With all ranked choice ballots now counted and tabulated, Chiu earned 59.37% of the vote.  The runner up was Joe Alioto Jr., grandson of former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, with 40.63% of the vote.

“I am honored and humbled that my neighbors and the citizens of District 3 have chosen me to represent them at City Hall,” said Supervisor-elect David Chiu.  “I am also very proud of my grassroots campaign team of neighborhood volunteers and what they have accomplished, and I look forward to bridge building between our neighborhoods and City Hall to get things done.”

District 3 is home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, Financial District, Barbary Coast and Fisherman’s Wharf.

With his definitive victory, David Chiu becomes the first Asian American and Chinese American to represent Chinatown at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors under the district election system.  Chinatown has the largest population of Chinese immigrants living outside of Asia.

About David Chiu

David Chiu, 38, is a Polk Street neighborhood leader and Small Business Commissioner who has served San Francisco as a criminal prosecutor, community court Judge-Arbitrator, Democratic activist, affordable housing advocate and civil rights attorney.  The eldest son of Chinese immigrant parents, David is a 12-year tenant resident of District 3 who is ready to move our city forward as a new member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.