Silver, Carol Ruth: 1975 mayoral election


Carol Ruth Silver: There were three major candidates. There were a lot of minor candidate, but the three major candidates were Dianne Feinstein, George Moscone, and John Barbagelata. John represented the very conservative west side of the city. Dianne represented the Pacific Heights liberals. And George was the candidate of the people; the candidate who put together a coalition of Gays, African Americans, other minority groups, and the unions. Anybody that was somehow marginalized, George was out there trying to get their vote. He also was aided by Jim Jones, among many other people, who was a local minister that had kind of come out of nowhere and had a major church in San Francisco; a church that had once upon a time been a large Jewish synagogue. When they sold the church to Jim Jones, they took the stained-glass windows out of the church and shipped them back to New Jersey. In that election though, George did not win the first time around. He had a runoff election with Barbagelata, and Dianne was devastated by that. She was so sure she was going to win or at least get into the runoff, and if she was in the runoff she thought she could beat Moscone. As it turned out, George had to run against Barbagelata. Barbagelata put up a good fight. It was a close election, but George won.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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