SAN FRANCISCO - Suzy Loftus has conceded to Chesa Boudin in the hotly contested race for San Francisco's next District Attorney.
The latest election results published Saturday afternoon show Boudin's lead increased over Loftus by more than 8,400 votes. That's more than 8,200 votes since Friday.
San Francisco election results for District Attorney, as of 4 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019.
Loftus issued a statement shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, congratulating Boudin for his victory in the race.
“I am so grateful for the chance to run and serve as District Attorney. 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.”
Candidate for San Francisco DA, Chesa Boudin and other candidates call on Mayor Breed to appoint the winner of the election immediately.
At a rally Nov. 4, the day before the election, San Francisco Supervisors Hillary Ronen, Sandra Lee Fewer and Matt Haney joined Police Commissioner Cindy Elias in accusing the San Francisco Police Officers Association of paying as much as $650,000 on ads attacking Boudin.
The ads alleged that Boudin won't prosecute DUI offenders and won't seek additional penalties for gang members who have committed violent crimes like rape and murder.
San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya stood by the ads, calling them the association's efforts to educate voters on Boudin's "dangerous position" in the race.
The SFPOA released a statement Saturday evening regarding the election of Boudin as SF District Attorney.
"Unfortunately, the election results mean that San Francisco residents will have to suffer through another four years of the George Gascon style policies that have plagued our city and decimated public safety. We know from our everyday interactions with San Franciscans that they are tired of the open-air drug markets, tired of the property crime and tired of seeing the same criminals target their neighborhoods week after week. We sincerely hope the new District Attorney reconsiders his position to not contest the early release of violent felons and that he will grow into a champion of all crime victims. In the meantime, San Francisco police officers will continue to work day in and day out to alongside our residents to try and make our city as safe as possible."
Bay City News contributed to this report.