Simi, Larry: 1975 Mayoral Candidates


Larry Simi: It was interesting. I thought a lot about Dianne Feinstein as a potential mayor of San Francisco particularly in light of today’s controversy of ranked-choice. Dianne probably might have been elected in 1971 or 1975 under a ranked-choice system. She was kinda everybody’s second choice, but there wasn’t a lot of passion around Dianne in either ’71 or ’75. In ’71, basically the Left was looking for a candidate. Morrison didn’t run; Phil didn’t have any horse in the race. So she essentially jumped in and was supported by the Left, but there was no real passion on the Left for her, but she was an alternative to Mayor Alioto. In the 1975 election, the Left was just passionate about George Moscone. The far-Right was passionate about John Barbagelata, and there was an old-school group that was very supportive of Ertola. That kinda left Dianne and to a lesser extent Milton Marks as kinda [ ], but Dianne could probably be the second choice of any of them at that point. But Barbagelata had a wonderful, wonderful grassroots committed group to volunteers because they were determined to hold the city as it was and it was evolving away from.


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

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