In a stunning victory, public defender Chesa Boudin has been declared the winner of a hotly contested district attorney’s race in San Francisco.
Boudin ran on a platform to end cash bail and dismantle the war on drugs, and was endorsed by Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
His win sends a pointed message to the Democratic establishment, which had mobilized in full force against his campaign.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris all endorsed Boudin’s opponent, Suzy Loftus.
Boudin is the child of Weather Underground activists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, who were both incarcerated when he was still a toddler.
He learned the news that he’d won the race by a razor-thin margin while he was on a plane flying back from visiting his father, who remains in prison in upstate New York.
After four days of ballot counting, Boudin was declared the winner.
From San Francisco, Democracy Now! speaks with Chesa Boudin.
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