Drawings of the three supervisor candidates for District 11.
Adlah Chisti, Ernest “E.J.” Jones, and Roger Marenco are running for District 11 supervisor in the November 2024 election. Illustrations by Neil Ballard.

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safaí is termed out — and running for mayor — and, so far, three candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to replace him as the representative of the Excelsior, Oceanview and Outer Mission. 

We are inviting all the supervisorial hopefuls for District 11 to our weekly Q&A series, “Meet the Candidates,” in which they answer one question every week in 100 words or fewer until the November 2024 election. All the responses will be compiled into one single page where readers can peruse the candidates’ stances on some 40 topics before it’s time to vote.

In our first edition for District 11, we are asking: What is your number one issue in this election and what do you plan to do about it?

Drawing of Adlah Chisti, District 11 supervisor candidate for 2024

Adlah Chisti 

Quality and affordable child care is paramount in District 11, post-pandemic. Access to early-childhood education fosters early development of our children and the economic stability of many families. 

I propose to simplify the process of opening family childcare, and provide access to loans and fill vacant storefronts as small businesses.

Drawing of Ernest Jones, District 11 supervisor candidate for 2024

Ernest “E.J.” Jones

Public safety and its connection to economic vitality is the consistent issue neighbors are talking about throughout my District. Families and business owners alike want to see a decrease in business vandalism, car break-ins and robberies. Crimes like these harm our commercial corridors and leave residents feeling unsafe and unprotected. 

I plan to create a District 11 safety plan that holistically approaches safety issues using the coordination of neighborhood activations, community-oriented policing, and investments in mental health and wellness programs. Within 100 days in office, I will publish the District 11 safety plan based on my conversations with community groups, residents and merchants.

Drawing of Roger Marenco, District 11 supervisor candidate for 2024

Roger Marenco

Public safety is our most important issue. Backwards-thinking politicians believe that giving more never-ending second chances and more of our tax dollars to the homeless, to drug users and to criminals, will reduce crime. This backwards thinking insanity is the reason why vagrants are allowed to defecate anywhere on the streets, why people are allowed to use drugs in public spaces and why criminals are given neverending second-chances. 

Let’s stop protecting criminals and let’s start protecting our families. We need to re-appropriate our tax dollars, so that we can fund the real programs, which will protect our families.

Candidates are ordered alphabetically. Answers may be lightly edited for formatting, spelling, and grammar. If you have questions for the candidates, please let us know at xueer@missionlocal.com.

Read the rest of the District 11 questions here, and the entire “Meet the Candidates” series here

You can register to vote via the sf.gov website. Illustrations for the series by Neil Ballard.

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Xueer is a data reporter for Mission Local through the California Local News Fellowship. Xueer is a bilingual multimedia journalist fluent in Chinese and English and is passionate about data, graphics, and innovative ways of storytelling. Xueer graduated from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism with a Master's Degree in May 2023. She also loves cooking, photography, and scuba diving.

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