San Francisco's Board of Supervisors will see several new faces next year, with voters about to weigh in on crowded races to fill seven of the 11 seats on the city's legislative board.
Nearly 40 would-be supervisors, as well as three incumbents, will compete in the seven races on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Nine candidates are vying for the District 1 seat being vacated by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick at the end of his second four-year term. District 1 includes most of the Richmond District.
Another nine candidates are competing for Board President Aaron Peskin's District 3 seat. Peskin, completing his second term, is also termed out. His district includes Chinatown, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill and the northern Embarcadero waterfront area.
District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu is hoping to be elected for the first time after being appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom earlier this year to replace former Supervisor Ed Jew, who resigned amid criminal fraud and extortion charges for which he has yet to stand trial.
The winner in the District 4 race will only serve two years before another election, in order to complete the final two years of what would have been Jew's four-year term.
Chu, who previously worked for the Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance, will compete against two other candidates, former supervisorial candidate and small-businessman Ron Dudum, and schoolteacher David Ferguson.
District 4 includes most of the Sunset District.
In District 5, incumbent Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi faces challengers Owen O'Donnell, a real estate developer and chairman of the environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper, and Rob Anderson, a former supervisorial candidate who has focused on homeless issues.
District 5 includes the Haight Ashbury, Panhandle and Western Addition neighborhoods.
Incumbent District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd is being challenged by two teachers, Julian Lagos and Billy Bob Whitmer. District 7 includes the Park Merced and Twin Peaks neighborhoods.
The District 9 seat is being vacated by Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who is completing his second term and running for state Assembly. Seven candidates are competing for his seat.
Ammiano's district includes the Mission, Bernal Heights and part of the Portola District.
The race in District 11 to fill the seat being vacated by termed-out Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who is running for a superior court judge seat, consists of eight candidates.
District 11 includes the Ingleside, Excelsior, Ocean View and Merced Heights neighborhoods.
Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty and Sophie Maxwell will each complete their second terms in 2010.