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San Francisco’s progressive DA remembered by voters in one of the nation’s most liberal cities


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San Francisco voters chose to recall embattled district attorney Chesa Boudin following a recall effort centered on her handling of growing crime in the city.

San Francisco voted to recall Boudin with 61%, versus 39% who wanted him to remain district attorney, according to the results when The Associated Press called the race.

Boudin was elected in 2019 with 50.8% of the vote and was sworn in as San Francisco’s 29th district attorney on January 8, 2020.

He faced a wave of criticism over his progressive criminal justice policies, as those backing his recall pointed to an increase in the murder rate, violent crime, shoplifting, burglary and trafficking. outdoor drugs as reasons to vote for his impeachment.

Chesa Boudin during an appearance on the SF City Insider podcast at the San Francisco Chronicle in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
(Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

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Boudin supporters praised him for keeping promises to eliminate cash bail, not prosecute crimes against quality of life and put fewer people behind bars.

Her father, David Gilbert, a former member of the far-left group Weather Underground, spent 40 years in prison for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery before being granted parole last year.

His mother, Kathy Boudin, also a member of Weather Underground, spent more than 20 years in prison before being released in 2003.

Boudin was raised by left-wing activist Bill Ayers, co-founder of Weather Underground.

San Francisco’s progressive DA remembered by voters in one of the nation’s most liberal cities

San Francisco Mayor London Breed listens to a press conference regarding the next steps she will take to replace three school board members who have been successfully recalled at City Hall Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 in San Francisco, in California.
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who in recent weeks has seemed skeptical of Boudin’s prosecution work but hasn’t endorsed his recall effort, will choose his replacement.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.


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