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San Francisco CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 10

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Theodore Ellington

Human Rights Commissioner
4,800 votes (20.72%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making San Francisco affordable for everyone, not just the wealthy
  • Ending our homelessness crisis
  • Making our streets clean and safe



Profession:Human Rights Commissioner
Commissioner, Human Rights Commission — Elected position (2016–current)
Director of Public Affairs, Golden State Warriors (2014–2018)
Commissioner, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure — Appointed position (2012–2014)


University of San Francisco Master's Degree, Urban Studies/Affairs (2015)

Community Activities

Board Member, Bayview Opera House (2010–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • Local 798, San Francisco Firefighters Union**

Organizations (12)

  • Local 648, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
  • San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council**
  • Teamsters Joint Council 7**
  • Local 261, Laborers**
  • Local 104, Sheet Metal Workers Union**
  • Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club**
  • Ed Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
  • Local 6, Electrical Workers Union
  • Local 3, Operating Engineers
  • Local 87, SEIU**
  • San Francisco Apartment Association

Elected Officials (11)

  • John Burton, Former Chair, CA Democratic Party
  • Malia Cohen, President of Board of Supervisors & District 10 Supervisor
  • Keith Baraka, Democratic County Central Committee
  • Fiona Ma, CA Board of Equalization
  • Hydra Mendoza, President, Board of Education
  • Tony Thurmond, California Assembly
  • Carmen Chu, San Francisco City Assessor
  • Bill Lee, Former SF City Administrator
  • Shanell Williams, SF City College Trustee
  • Katy Tang, District 4 Supervisor
  • Thea Selby, SF City College Trustee

Individuals (1)

  • Marlene Tran, Community Leader

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of San Francisco (3)

What do you see as the biggest challenge in your district, and what would you do to address it?
Answer from Theodore Ellington:

San Francisco is under threat on multiple fronts: affordability, housing, homelessness, and transportation just to name a few. They have one thing in common: the city has put greed over the needs of our citizens. Our district has been dumped on for far too long. Nowhere is that more apparent then at the Hunter’s Point Shipyard, where companies like Tetra Tech put their profits above the health of hardworking San Franciscans. These companies put greed above the good of the people, paying off public officials, and operating with impunity for far too long. That is why I am suing them, and why I refuse to take campaign contributions from them, or any lobbyist or corporation. I am running to do the right thing, and I will always stand up for my neighbors, not big corporations.

What experience or qualifications do you have that make you well suited for this role?
Answer from Theodore Ellington:

I have both public and private sector experience. On the private side I did work for the Golden State Warriors where I held new arena developers accountable to the neighborhood. On the public side, I was a commissioner on OCII where we approved 1,049 new affordable homes, including 242 for formerly homeless families. I also served on the Human Rights Commission, fighting for our city’s most vulnerable populations. I understand how to get things done, how to work with folks in government and in business, how to be a great negotiator, and how to do the right thing despite corporate pressure.

What are your priorities when it comes to the environmental impact of development in your district and what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Theodore Ellington:

It’s one thing to read about “environmental justice” in a textbook. It’s another thing to see it play out before our very eyes, as the botched cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard threatens to become one of the worst environmental injustices in California history.


For 10 years, people have told us that Parcel A is safe. Now they’ve found radioactivity—radium, an element that causes bone cancer, fractured teeth, cataracts, anemia, and even death.


Our neighborhood is paying the price for greedy executives. Tetra Tech is not.


Since the story of the Shipyard scandal broke, Tetra Tech stock has gone UP, a $1.2 billion dollar increase in added value. The stock price has almost doubled. (Note: $48 to $71 per share).


Our homes have gone down in value. Our health costs are going up. Once again—it’s vulnerable families, especially black families, that are paying the price for greed.


This is not a coincidence. The Shipyard has been the site of health atrocities for years. Bayview cancer rates are higher. Our lifespans are shorter. Everyone in District 10 has a story of someone who got cancer after working at or living near the shipyard.


Here’s what we’re going to do. We will make them test every family for radium poisoning. We will hold these corporations accountable, they must stop all new development on this site. We will go to Mayor London Breed’s office, and ask her to cancel all city contracts with Tetra Tech. We will organize with each other to bring back the Restoration Advisory Board.


But most of all, we will make them listen to us. For twenty years this neighborhood has been crying out for help. Well we’re not pleading any more. We’re taking action.


Videos (1)

The Announcement — October 11, 2018 Theo Ellington for Supervisor 2018

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