Within 45 minutes of the polls closing, progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who spent half of his two years in office battling recall efforts, had lost his effort to keep his job.
Proposition H, which aimed to recall the district attorney, passed with 60% of the vote, according to unofficial returns.In a related matter, Proposition C, which would have changed the rules for recalls in San Francisco and affected whom Mayor London Breed appoints to replace Boudin, fell by the same percentage, 60%, early results showed.The Prop H results were pretty much in step with polls before the election routinely showing that more than 60% of San Franciscans wanted Boudin out of office.Fourteen months after Boudin became the city's top prosecutor in January 2020, he was targeted with the first of what would be two efforts to recall him.
Launched by failed, sometimes Republican, mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg in March 2021, the first recall effort fell 1,714 signatures short of the required 51,325 signatures needed by that August to spark a recall.Despite overall lower crime figures, images of organized thieves raiding and stealing from Union Square boutiques which went viral online, and a shocking increase in violent crimes against the city's Asian community proved to be strong fodder against the district attorney."Voters weren't asked to choose between criminal justice reform and something else," Boudin told his supporters Tuesday night, reported the San Francisco Standard. "They were given an opportunity to voice their outrage and their frustration and they took that opportunity." On Tuesday morning, Boudin was greeting people outside the Castro Muni station, where he was joined by gay former supervisor and.