After days of ballot counting, progressive candidate Chesa Boudin has won the race for San Francisco district attorney.
While progressive victory here is not surprising, Boudin’s now-accepted background and views show how radicalized the Democratic Party has become even in the last decade.
Boudin is the son of Weather Underground members who drove the getaway car during an infamous armed robbery that claimed the lives of two police officers and a security guard.
His father remains in prison, serving a 75-years-to-life sentence. His mother, sentenced to more than 20 years, now runs a criminal justice initiative at Columbia University.
Boudin ran on a platform of closing jails and protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. (NBC News)
The former deputy public defender declared victory Saturday night after four days of ballot counting determined he was ahead of interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus. The latest results from the San Francisco Department of Elections gave Boudin a lead of 8,465 votes.
Loftus conceded and said she will work to ensure a smooth and immediate transition.
“The people of San Francisco have sent a powerful and clear message: It’s time for radical change to how we envision justice,” Boudin said in a statement. “I’m humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in its demand for transformation.”
Boudin entered the race as an underdog and captured voters’ attention with his extraordinary life story: He was 14 months old when his parents, who were members of the far-left Weather Underground, dropped him off with a babysitter and took part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that left two police officers and a security guard dead.