2015 San Francisco mayoral election

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2015 San Francisco mayoral election

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  Mayor Ed Lee Headshot Closeup (cropped1).jpg Francisco Herrera.png
Candidate Ed Lee Francisco Herrera
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 105,298 28,638
Percentage 55.3% 15.0%

  Amy Farah Weiss.png Stuart Schuffman.png
Candidate Amy Farah Weiss Stuart Schuffman
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 23,099 18,211
Percentage 12.1% 9.6%

Mayor before election

Ed Lee

Elected Mayor

Ed Lee

The 2015 San Francisco mayoral election took place on November 3, 2015, to elect the Mayor of San Francisco, California. Incumbent Mayor Ed Lee won re-election to a second term in office.[1][2]


In November 2015, incumbent Mayor Ed Lee declared that he would stand for reelection for a second term as mayor.[3] State Senator Mark Leno had considered running but ultimately decided against it.[4][5] Former Mayor Art Agnos, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Public Defender Jeff Adachi and former State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano all also declined to run. Initially, local media speculated that Lee would run for reelection unopposed.[6] Lee was ultimately opposed by five candidates: Kent Graham, Francisco Herrera, Reed Martin, Stuart Schuffman, and Amy Farah Weiss.[7]

Election results[edit]

Municipal elections in California are officially non-partisan, though most candidates in San Francisco do receive funding and support from various political parties. Instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, was used in the election. Lee was reelected with a majority of the vote in the first round of votes, and no transferring of votes was required.

San Francisco mayoral election, 2015[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Ed Lee (incumbent) 105,298 55.3
Nonpartisan Francisco Herrera 28,638 15.0
Nonpartisan Amy Farah Weiss 23,099 12.1
Nonpartisan Stuart Schuffman 18,211 9.6
Nonpartisan Kent Graham 8,775 4.6
Nonpartisan Reed Martin 4,612 2.4
Nonpartisan Write-in candidates 1,764 0.9
Total votes 184,021 100.0


  1. ^ Once-reluctant S.F. Mayor Ed Lee says he’ll run for 2nd term - SFGate
  2. ^ San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Makes It Official, Will Run For Re-Election - CBS San Francisco
  3. ^ "SF Mayor Ed Lee plans to run again". ABC7 San Francisco. November 7, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "State Sen. Mark Leno Could Challenge Ed Lee In 2015 San Francisco Mayor's Race". CBS SF Bay Area. November 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mark Leno won't challenge Lee for S.F. mayor". SF Gate. December 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "S.F. Mayor Ed Lee may have no challengers in re-election bid". SF Gate. December 11, 2014.
  7. ^ List of candidates, archived from the original on 2015-04-13, retrieved 2015-04-07
  8. ^ "SFDOE Results". www.sfelections.org. Retrieved November 5, 2017.