One of America’s dirtiest cities may be about to get even worse as the winner of San Francisco’s recent district attorney’s election vowed during his campaign that he would not prosecute public urination charges.
The Daily Caller reports Chesa Boudin declared an election victory over the weekend and will now look to tackle the city’s numerous homelessness, poverty, and cleanliness issues with his new position—but one of his campaign promises may stand in the way.
According to the report, Boudin previously said a number of “quality-of-life crimes” would no longer be prosecuted, including public urination and solicitations for sex.
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted,” Boudin said in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) questionnaire while he was campaigning for the position.
“Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted, we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness,” he reportedly added in the response.
We did it. pic.twitter.com/wMgFhKVV2M
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) November 10, 2019
The Daily Caller reports Boudin’s campaign did not respond to an inquiry as to whether or not he will follow through on the campaign promise not to prosecute public urination.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders congratulated Boudin on the victory, adding: “Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty.”
Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty. Congratulations @chesaboudin on your historic victory! https://t.co/2CiM1sFo5c
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 10, 2019
NBC Bay Area reports Boudin defeated interim district attorney and candidate Suzy Loftus with a plurality of the votes. Boudin received 67,919 votes (35.56 percent) while Loftus received 59.454 votes (31.13 percent).
Loftus conceded the election in a pair of tweets.
“I am so grateful for the chance to run and serve as District Attorney,” Loftus wrote in a tweet over the weekend. “It has been an honor to campaign with all of you and to lead the office that I care deeply about. We ran a great race, stayed positive and envisioned a city that is more safe and less divided.”
“I didn’t win the race – but we won the support of so many San Franciscans who are demanding that our city work more effectively together to build safety. Congratulations to Chesa Boudin. I will work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition,” she added.
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I didn’t win the race – but we won the support of so many San Franciscans who are demanding that our city work more effectively together to build safety. Congratulations to Chesa Boudin. I will work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition.
— Suzy Loftus 樂素詩 (@suzyloftus) November 10, 2019