Matt Haney and David Campos Face Off Today in Special Election for California Assembly Seat

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Residents of some of San Francisco’s most popular and troubled neighborhoods are electing a new state Assembly member in a special runoff race Tuesday between two Democrats.

The runoff is being held because neither Matt Haney nor David Campos received more than 50% of the vote in February’s special election. Haney, a current San Francisco supervisor, beat Campos, a former supervisor, by less than a percentage point.

Assembly District 17 covers the eastern half of San Francisco and includes tourist-heavy neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, downtown and the Mission. It also includes the Tenderloin, which in recent months has been the focus of a city-sanctioned effort to reduce homelessness, drug dealing, open-air drug use and fentanyl overdoses.

Both candidates are on the progressive end of the Democratic Party.

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