Surrounded by kids, David Campos files to run for State Assembly

Sup. David Campos met with parents and youth at the 24th Street BART station before filing papers to run for Assembly.

On the morning of Aug. 1, San Francisco District 9 Sup. David Campos joined a group of parents and kids at the 24th Street BART station, climbed aboard the 49-Mission/Van Ness, and rode to City Hall, where he filed paperwork to run for the California Assembly.

“Running for office is not an easy thing. It’s a very personal decision,” he said. “And thinking about it, I am where I am because I was given a lot of opportunity as a kid coming in, as an undocumented kid. It was the opportunity of getting a quality education, the opportunity to really get a degree," and to stay motivated by the idea that “if you really work hard and play by the rules, that you can really fulfill your potential.”

Campos was elected to represent San Francisco’s District 9, which spans the Mission, Bernal Heights, and surrounding areas, in November of 2008. The gay Latino elected official is regarded as one of the most progressive members of the Board of Supervisors, and he is credited with spearheading Free Muni for Youth, a city program offering free public transit access to some 40,000 low-income kids.

Campos stressed that many of the policies he’s tackled on the Board of Supervisors have been aimed toward aiding low-income families and youth, “whether it’s helping families who are struggling with free Muni for low-income kids, to improving the quality of schools in the Mission, to focusing on public safety in a progressive way that tries to build a relationship between the police and the community.”

Naturally, Muni took longer than expected.

Some of the kids amused themselves with a clapping game while they waited.

Many of the parents were monolingual Spanish speakers, and their kids were Free Muni for Youth participants. Raul Foneza (pictured in the first shot, with his thumbs up), spoke to the Guardian through a translator and said he had come out for the supervisor that day because he respected Campos’ support for the city’s young people and was there with his friend and her two kids.

When the bus arrived at City Hall, another group of kids was there awaiting Campos’ arrival, with signs. So was Assembly Member Tom Ammiano, who has already granted Campos his endorsement.

Ammiano spent a few moments on the steps of City Hall speaking to the kids. “I hope you tell people to vote for David Campos, I hope you all do your homework, be good to your teachers, and go to college. How does that sound?” After they cheered, “yeeeah!” in unison, Ammiano half-jokingly added something about how then they could all get good-paying jobs, so they could afford an apartment.

Once inside, the crowd of kids and parents squeezed into the basement-level Department of Elections office, where Campos filled out the paperwork to make his candidacy for State Assembly official. He turned to face his supporters, most of whom will have to wait eight years till they’re old enough to vote, and explained that he had decided to run “because we want to make sure our state makes you the top priority.”


NOT. David is a professional politician, who would be unable to find work in the private sector. Every dollar he has ever earned, and more, has come from either someone elses taxes, or gifts. Even his tuition at whatever East Coast school was paid by others. Add to that is the fact that his parents never filed or paid income taxes while they were (and are?) illegally in the US. And by the way, I am sure he will want to increase taxes, and benefits for illegals. That is his agenda.

Posted by Richmondman on Aug. 01, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

although his career choices have all lead to where he is now.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 07, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

Campos worked as a corporate lawyer fresh out of school to pay down his loans.

Posted by marcos on Aug. 07, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

Stop being such a grouch. These are the kind of people we should be begging to enter this country. People who believe in the American dream and work hard to contribute. I'm sure you'd rather support lazy good-for-nothing Americans like yourself who just sit around and complain. Get back to your rocking chair grand pa.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 15, 2013 @ 11:56 am

This political egomaniac - lifelong politician -- is doing nothing but giving away Tax payers money. Socialism and Communism from someone and his partner that do not pay taxes. Wonder why he has NOT stopped Violence and Crime in SF and esp with Latino community.
David Campost has INCREASED violent crime, muggings on Muni with his plan of free muni.
Giving people Free things does NOT work. (read the bible about teaching people how to fish vs giving handouts).
We all will work hard to see him lose and go away.

Sick USE/ABUSE of kids for his PR machine of lies.

Posted by StopDavidCampost on Aug. 07, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

Stop David Compost. Socialist and Communist. Very bad person. Lies about tax payer money.
Crime has increased on Muni and in SF due to him!

Posted by StopDavidCampost on Aug. 07, 2013 @ 11:47 pm

Considering the kinds of people trashing him, this Campos guy must be alright.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 07, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

here has been censored and removed, the pro-Campos crowd must be getting worried that he won't win.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 5:13 am

the difficult question was on the other thread. So let me ask it here also:

Campos, since the constituency for your intended seat is to the right of your current district electorate, and hostile to many of your more left-wing views, what are the top three things you plan to show that you can appeal to a more moderate constituency?

I'd like to see at least one pro-jobs, pro-business initiative such as the ones that propelled Ed Lee to an easy win in the last mayoral race over his nearest rival who shares many of your policy ideas.

People want jobs, not ideology.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 5:24 am

And I think he'll win no matter how many clichés are thrown his way. We'll see though. You're always welcome to run against him, you know.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 7:58 am

especially given all the baggage he comes with. He may win anyway but it will be a struggle for him because of his past.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

walked around 24th street claiming his small business sympathies. It's a given that politician are going to say whatever it takes. Campos hasn't shown any real interest in expanding the opportunities in that area of the economy over the years, instead just using his position as a government knows best type.

It's ironic that the progressives hate the government but want to take it over and make it more intrusive.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 1:57 am

Don't kid yourself. There are a lot of middle-class/upper middle-class San Franciscans who support David Campos. Yes, there are poor people in his district but you can longer live in SF and be poor.

Posted by Bond_Villain on Dec. 15, 2013 @ 12:02 pm


He has patterned his life's actions on a path to get himself elected to things, then he carps that it is a tough decision to run for higher office. Campos is a modern day Cincinnatus. You wouldn't of course laugh, if say, George Bush Jr said that, because I sure would, just as it was galling to read the Campos quote.

One time listened to him on KQED, as Campos rambled on about "children" and SF's sanctuary city laws. A caller asked him about some specific criminals who were not deported and why he kept saying "children" when referring to teen thugs. Campos said he was using the technical lawyer term around teens and wasn't using loaded language about what are thugs. Later in the show Campos blabbered about "undocumented immigrants" apparently not aware of the accepted legal terms?

He's a mealy mouthed scum bag lawyer, he's just your mealy mouthed scumbag lawyer so it's OK.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

will have no stronger ally in office than David Campos. Them and people who want free shit without paying into the system - a coalition of the future if I've ever seen one!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

LGBT from many countries can make legitimate claims for asylum. San Francisco has always been a place of refuge for LGBT fleeing oppression both at home and abroad. If the choice is between staying and being brutalized or killed and coming to the US without proper legal authorization, that's one of those cases where one would rather be adjudicated by people rather than be pall borne by people.

Posted by marcos on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

in immigration policy - which is the purview of the federal government. So Campos' opinions are completely non-germane to the issue.

I do like the "children first" photo-op shots though. Campos is emblematic of everything wrong with SF's policies towards "The Children" yet he seems completely oblivious of that fact.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 08, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

to go to school for his political agenda.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 1:34 am

That'll make their 2-hour commute on MUNI SO much more worth it! Especially considering most of the people in his campaign picture are illegal immigrants anyway.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

these days, the arc of public opinion has moved on from that, along with the realization that we cannot save everyone everywhere.

We cannot afford people coming here just because they lack the ability to fit in elsewhere and, moreover, the typical runaway doesn't have the means to live in SF anyway.

Campos is fighting yesterday's battles while ignoring today's real issues - jobs, deficits and the economy. Throw in his baggage and he is near unelectable.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 2:01 am

Tell that to Rose Pak.

Posted by marcos on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 5:39 am
Posted by Guest on Aug. 09, 2013 @ 6:02 am

Hispanic (good) as well as being an illegal (good), and gay (good).

Being an Asian woman who is pro-jobs just doesn't cut it in the world according to SFBG, even though you'd think being a non-white woman (sorry: "woman of color") would count for something in a topsy-turvy world gone mad.

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