Online Extra: Political Notes: Campos to hold first Assembly fundraiser
by Matthew S. Bajko
Gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos later this month will host his first fundraiser for his Assembly bid at a bar in the city's LGBT neighborhood.
In August Campos, 42, was the first candidate to officially enter the race for San Francisco's 17th Assembly District seat. The incumbent, gay Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, will be termed out of office in December 2014 and has endorsed Campos to succeed him.
A month later board President David Chiu , 43, who represents District 3 at City Hall, became the second person to announce his candidacy for the state legislative seat.
Historically, the seat covering the city's eastern neighborhoods has been considered the LGBT community's Assembly seat. Out lawmakers have served in it since 1996.
Both candidates are heavily courting the LGBT community in the race, as LGBT voters are expected to play a deciding factor in determining the winner next November. Campos and Chu, who is straight, have already lined up early endorsements from prominent LGBT officials and leaders.
For its first major fundraiser Campos's campaign had wanted to have it at Beaux, a new gay bar on upper Market Street, and invites sent out last week showed it as the location. The venue formerly housed Trigger, a gay bar owned by Greg Bronstein, and routinely hosted political fundraisers for gay and straight candidates alike.
The ownership group of Beaux is the same that owns the Castro gay bars QBar, the Edge, and the Midnight Sun, which is also under renovations.
While the owners of Beaux are shooting to soft open this weekend ahead of the annual Castro Street Fair Sunday, October 6, it was uncertain if the bar would be completed in time for Campos's event. Late last week the campaign announced that it had moved the fundraiser to a different bar, Blackbird, a few blocks away.
"It looks like their construction schedule is further behind than we thought," Stephany Ashley, a Campos campaign volunteer, told the Bay Area Reporter last week.
Tickets to the Thursday, October 17 fundraiser cost $25. It will feature a no-host bar, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and drag, according to the online invite sent out. B.A.R. society columnist Donna Sachet will emcee, while Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club President Tom Temprano, also known as DJ Carnita, will oversee the music.
Those on the host committee include gay Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park), who chairs the California LGBT Legislative Caucus; Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco); gay City College trustee Rafael Mandelman; and former District 5 supervisors Christina Olague, the first out bisexual to serve on the board, and Matt Gonzales.
The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blackbird, located at 2124 Market Street. To RSVP and purchase tickets, visit http://www.davidcampossf.com/events.
Aging panel vacancy seat up for vote
A supervisors committee is set to vote this week on filling a vacancy on the city's LGBT seniors panel.
Due to the sudden death this summer of the volunteer panel's vice chair, Jazzie Collins, a seat is once again up for grabs on the LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. The resignation last November of panel member Felicia Elizondo, also known as Felicia Flames, resulted in the first vacant seat needing to be filled.
With the departures of both Elizondo and Collins, the task force no longer has any transgender members. Therefore, the supervisors have been urged to select a transgender person for the vacant seat.
The task force is set to conduct its most important round of meetings this fall, as it finalizes a report on the issues facing LGBT older adults in the city. The panel is expected to present its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in early 2014.
The board's rules committee is scheduled to vote on its recommendation for filling the seat when it meets at 1:30 p.m. this Thursday, October 3 in Room 263 at City Hall. The nominee's name will then be forwarded to the full board, which can approve or reject the panel's decision.
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