An illustration of District 1 supervisor candidates
Connie Chan, Jeremiah Boehner, Jen Nossokoff, Marjan Philhour and Sherman D'Silva are running for District 1 supervisor in the November 2024 election. Illustration by Neil Ballard.

In our “Meet the candidates” series, we are asking every supervisorial hopeful in the November 2024 election one question each week. Candidates are asked to answer questions on policy, ideology, and more in 100 words or less.

Answers are being published individually each week, but we are also archiving each answer on separate pages for each district, to make it easier for voters to browse.

Week 1: What is your No. 1 issue in this election, and what do you plan to do about it?
An illustration of Jeremiah Boehner

Jeremiah Boehner

Public Safety: We cannot fix our problems until people feel safe on the streets, in their homes, and on the buses. We need to fully fund our police department and do all we can to keep the officers we have. I will work hand in hand with [Richmond Station Captain Christopher] Canning and the Chief of Police to bring back officers and find new ones. I will work to remove the members of the police commission who care more about criminals than everyday citizens. I’ll oppose any new commissioners that are not pro-police and public safety.

An illustration of Connie Chan, a woman in a blazer.

Connie Chan

Incumbent District 1 Supervisor

Richmond District families deserve safe and clean streets, affordable housing and a government that works for us. This administration has failed to deliver on the most basic government services, and residents deserve better. 

I have not been afraid to rein in City Hall’s wasteful spending, ask city departments tough questions, and demand results. 

I fought for police ambassadors to patrol our neighborhood commercial corridors, expansion of Street Wellness Outreach and Crisis Response Teams, and help for our small businesses, tenants, and aging homeowners fighting against displacement. 

I have and will continue to fight for the Richmond as District 1 Supervisor.

An illustration of Sherman D'Silva, a man in a suit and tie.

Sherman D’Silva

The No. 1 issue facing the Richmond District is, unfortunately, crime. Whether it be garage burglaries, car break-ins, shoplifting at our neighborhood store or enforcing basic traffic rules we need to feel safe in our homes, on our streets and at the places we visit, shop and dine. In order to deter crime before it occurs we need to add additional patrol officers on the street. I will triple the amount of law enforcement officers currently available in the district so that the response time of a police officer is comparable to citizens’ request for fire or ambulance assistance.

An illustration of Jen Nossokoff, a woman in a lab coat.

Jen Nossokoff

During my campaign for supervisor, and while in office, my No. 1 priority will be to create an environment of collaboration by leading with optimism and integrity. Conversations around the big issues facing our city, like safety, housing and economic recovery, are dependent on city leaders’ willingness and ability to work productively with each other. I believe that our problems are solvable, and I am going to work in good faith with our community, local businesses and whoever is on the board of supervisors or is the mayor, to put the needs of the city first.

An illustration of Marjan Philhour

Marjan Philhour

Public safety is my top priority. Prolonged legislative hostility towards police has eroded public trust, decreased access to important tools and technologies for police officers, and resulted in the increase of crime in our community. 

We feel the dysfunction in our streets every day. I am committed to moving the Richmond in a new direction, making our neighborhood safer for everyone by:  

  • Ensuring a fully staffed police department that is equipped with 21st century technologies.
  • Alleviating administrative burdens to allow officers to spend more time in the communities they serve.
  • Implementing police commission reform that would increase transparency and accountability.

See questions and answers from other districts

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

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

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  1. I would appreciate you asking D1 candidates about proposed zoning changes for D1. And about street safety. Including protected bike lanes, Fulton St. record of crashes, Geary Blvd. bus configuration, slow streets program, and pedestrian promenades referencing existing ones on JFK Drive and Great Highway.

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