Mark Leno lost his life partner to the AIDS epidemic, dedicated himself to being a community volunteer and civic leader, and became the first openly gay man to serve in the California Senate.
Mark’s accomplishments include raising California’s minimum wage to $15, requiring developers to build affordable housing in every large project, stopping the chemical industry from putting dangerous toxins in consumer products, and passing landmark laws for equal rights, marriage equality, and protecting transgender Californians.
Mark has run a small business in San Francisco for 40 years. He lives in Noe Valley, and would be the first gay Mayor in San Francisco history.
We have a choice in this election — keep with the status quo, or vote for fundamental change. Mark Leno believes it’s time for change. He’s running for Mayor to shake up City Hall, embrace bold new ideas, and lead a regional effort to combat our toughest challenges including homelessness and the housing crisis.
CHANGE THE STATUS QUO AT CITY HALL
Mark was the first candidate to issue a Fair Campaign Pledge renouncing all Super PACs and outside committees in the election for Mayor. He will clean up City Hall, reducing the influence of lobbyists, Super PACs and wealthy insiders.
ESTABLISH MENTAL HEALTH JUSTICE CENTER
We need to stop recycling homeless people through the criminal justice system and treat those with chronic mental health and substance abuse issues. Mark is taking the lead to establish a Mental Health Justice Center — a huge step forward in our efforts to address homelessness and the suffering on our streets.
CREATE 50,000 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Mark passed the first law requiring market-rate developers to build affordable housing, creating thousands of new affordable units. As Mayor he will lead a regional effort to build housing, and will create 50,000 affordable, workforce, and permanent supportive housing units in San Francisco in the next ten years.
STOP THE EPIDEMIC OF CAR BREAK-INS
Our city’s response to car break-ins is a bad joke. Mark will establish a property crime unit in every district police station, increase foot patrols and community policing, and hold our public safety leaders accountable.
DEFEND SAN FRANCISCO AGAINST TRUMP
A civil rights leader who passed landmark laws for equality, Mark will stand up to Donald Trump and his hateful agenda attacking people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBTQ San Franciscans.