David Campos 坎帕斯 Launches Exploratory Campaign for State Assembly to Give a Voice to the Communities Suffering the Most from COVID-19, Poverty, and Injustice

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – California Democratic Party Vice Chair and former Mission District Supervisor David Campos today said he is launching a grassroots and corporate-free campaign for State Assembly to make sure all San Franciscans will be heard in the State Capitol.

“The powerful have their say. But as we struggle to recover from COVID-19, it is vital the communities who have suffered the most from injustice and poverty are finally and fully heard,” said Campos.

San Francisco has never elected a Latinx individual to represent the City in the State Legislature.  With David, the eastside of San Francisco has the opportunity to elect its first state representative who is formerly undocumented, gay, and Latino. 

The exploratory committee being organized by Campos is preparing a grassroots campaign to fill the assembly seat if it is vacated by the incumbent David Chiu. Assemblymember Chiu is considered a potential candidate for appointment as San Francisco City Attorney, an office soon to be vacated by Dennis Herrera, who has been nominated by Mayor London Breed to serve as head of the City’s Public Utility Commission.

Should Chiu be appointed to fill the City Attorney vacancy, there will be a special election to fill his State Assembly seat. Should Chiu not be appointed, Campos said he would stand for the eastside Assembly seat when it is vacant. 

Campos is the Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party and the former Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party. He served two full terms, 8 years total, as a San Francisco Supervisor. As the District 9 Supervisor representing the city’s Mission District, the Portola, and Bernal Heights, Campos spearheaded numerous landmark progressive initiatives including: 

  • closing a loophole to shore up the city’s program of universal healthcare for all workers
  • cementing San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city
  • passing the nation’s first ordinance to help document and enforce equal pay for equal work
  • enacting the state’s first PrEP access program to stop the spread of HIV
  • helping to save St. Luke’s Hospital and ensure access to quality health care for the Mission District and eastern neighborhoods
  • enacting landmark legislation that protected the character of our neighborhoods by creating the first cultural district, the Latino Cultural District, which led to the creation of other cultural districts
  • and creating CleanPowerSF to provide a 100% renewable alternative to PG&E

At the age of 14, David carried his sister on his back as his family crossed the border escaping political turmoil in their native Guatemala. David’s family settled in Southern California where he learned to speak English in South Central Los Angeles’ public schools. Campos worked various jobs to put himself through Stanford University.

David was still undocumented while at Stanford — a true “Dreamer” working to lift up his community.

Campos then attended Harvard Law School where he met his husband of 20 years, Phil Hwang, a proud AAPI American. After graduating, David served as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, working with SFUSD to desegregate our public schools. 

After serving as Supervisor, Campos worked as a Deputy County Executive in Santa Clara County, where he led the establishment of the Division of Equity and Social Justice and the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. During this time, David also oversaw the implementation of the county’s $950 million housing bond which spearheaded the construction of supportive housing to address the growing crisis of homelessness. 

David is currently Chief-of-Staff to Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s progressive District Attorney. Boudin’s office has taken historic measures to reform the criminal justice system in San Francisco, including ending cash bail. Since David joined the team, crime rates have dropped while the office stays focused on fighting for a criminal justice system that treats every resident with equity, dignity, and justice.

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