From the San Francisco Chronicle:
[Jane] Kim helped organize the now defunct San Francisco People’s Organization, a coalition of more than three dozen left-leaning groups that emerged as an offshoot of then-Supervisor Matt Gonzalez’s unsuccessful run for mayor in 2003. She lost her first race for school board in 2004. She ran again two years later and finished first.
She is a close ally of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, a former roommate who is deft at straddling the board’s left and centrist flanks.
“I think you’ll see Jane as a supervisor who will bridge divides,” Chiu said.
Kim did not get the heavyweight endorsements of the left-leaning Bay Guardian nor the Democratic County Central Committee, which backed Debra Walker in the District Six race. Supervisor Chris Daly, who is termed out as District Six supervisor after serving as a torch-bearer for the left during his decade in office, didn’t endorse Kim either.
Still, she built a winning campaign on her years as a community organizer, harnessing hundreds of volunteers and reaching the district’s different constituencies with multilingual campaign materials and events tailored to various ethnic communities.
She was at ease in diverse settings and courted the broad spectrum of the district’s residents, from the moneyed condo owners in South Beach to the single-room occupancy hotel tenants in the Tenderloin. She promises to have an open door to all her constituents.
“One advantage that I have,” Kim said, “is that I get to come into office fairly independent.”