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Matt Boschetto, Stephen Martin-Pinto and Myrna Melgar are running for District 7 Supervisor in the November 2024 election.

Welcome to “Meet the candidates,” where Mission Local asks supervisor hopefuls questions in the lead-up to the November election. In District 7 — which includes the Inner Sunset, Parkmerced and West Portal — Matt Boschetto and Stephen Martin-Pinto are running against incumbent Myrna Melgar.

Between now and the November election, Mission Local will ask each candidate one question per week, and candidates will get 100 words to respond. Take a look at all the answers from District 7 candidates here.

Here’s our second question: Tell us about your background. How is it relevant to the work a district supervisor actually does?

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Matt Boschetto

Small businesses are the economic backbone of the City. As a small-business owner, I know how tough this city can be for a business to operate, get permits, find the right space — and thrive. I’ve also learned that leading a team, keeping track of the bottom line, and focusing on achieving your goals are the keys to success. If I don’t balance our flower business’ budget wisely, we’ll lose the business. Every decision I make impacts the livelihood of our employees. I promise to bring a small-business owner’s sense of accountability, adaptability and authenticity in the role of Supervisor.

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Stephen Martin-Pinto

Since 2016, I’ve had leadership roles in District 7, as president of Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and West of Twin Peaks Central Council. I’ve established personal relationships with neighborhood representatives, and together we’ve worked to address a variety of local issues. I’ve served on the Veteran Affairs Commission since 2019, co-authoring legislation and working with supervisors and the mayor’s office to get it passed. As a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, I’ve been a foreign military advisor, negotiating with partner nations, making compromises and deals that serve both of our interests. Few candidates have the leadership experience that I have.

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Myrna Melgar

My work as Supervisor is to help District 7 constituents successfully access City services and to legislate for the City as a whole. I am a mother of three girls who grew up going to school and playing in District 7. Our synagogue is here. I love my neighbors, the community that my family is connected to: I am accountable to them. 

I know the legislative process well; before I was elected Supervisor, I worked for two different members of the Board of Supervisors, and for Mayor Newsom in the Mayor’s Office of Housing. I served as a commissioner for … Read more

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 kelly@missionlocal.com.

Read the rest of the series here. Illustrations for the series by Neil Ballard.

You can register to vote via the sf.gov website.

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Kelly is Irish and French and grew up in Dublin and Luxembourg. She studied Geography at McGill University and worked at a remote sensing company in Montreal, making maps and analyzing methane data, before turning to journalism. She recently graduated from the Data Journalism program at Columbia Journalism School.

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