On Monday, December 5th, Scott Wiener says he will be sworn in as the District 11 State Senator in Sacramento, replacing outgoing Democrat Mark Leno. By doing so, Wiener will resign from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
One day after the election, we reported that Wiener was “cautiously optimistic” about his five point lead over rival Jane Kim. But this Tuesday, as the Department of Elections continued counting roughly 93,000 ballots, Wiener took to Medium to announce his victory.
Thank you, voters, for electing me to the State Senate. I'm deeply grateful for this trust, will work hard each day. https://t.co/iouMKBb2sd— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) November 15, 2016
In his message to voters, Wiener wrote that he was honored to have been elected to California’s State Senate.
“After a hard-fought race and a vigorous debate about our future, the voters supported our vision,” wrote Wiener on Medium. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you...for placing your trust in me to advance a forward-looking progressive change agenda.”
When asked how he celebrated the victory, Wiener told us that his election night celebration ended up turning “into a partial wake,” given the presidential outcome victory. “We will have another party in San Francisco after I'm sworn in,” Wiener told us in an email.
As for the changing political tide in Washington D.C., Wiener plans to do everything he can to keep California pointing forward.
“The Trump victory makes it more important than ever for California to play a strong progressive role to counterbalance the disaster emanating from Washington,” said Wiener. “I look forward to working to keep California on a strong progressive track.”
Given Prop D's failure to get a majority of "yes" votes in the San Francisco election, Mayor Lee maintains his power to appoint District 8's next supervisor. The selected individual will serve out the remainder of Wiener's term on the board until the next city-wide election in 2018.
At this point, opponent Jane Kim has not conceded. "There are still votes to be counted, and out of respect for those votes, I’m going to wait to make an announcement," she said to supporters via email this afternoon. "But right now, it looks like it will be hard to make up the difference."
We'll let you know as soon as we hear who District 8's next supervisor will be. Some are already speculating whom it might be...
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