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Dad, candidate for San Francisco Mayor, and former District 8 Supervisor (Harvey Milk's seat)
Bevan Dufty has more than 18 years of public service to the City of San Francisco, including five years as the City’s Director of Neighborhood Services and eight years on the Board of Supervisors.
Bevan grew up near Harlem, raised by his mother, Maely, an escapee of Nazi Germany, and surrounded by many all-time jazz greats, including his godmother, Billie Holiday. He moved to the Bay Area at age 16, attending Menlo-Atherton High School and UC Berkeley, where he was student body co-president. After college, Bevan moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a policy aide for legendary Representatives Shirley Chisholm of New York and Julian Dixon of Los Angeles.
In 1993, Bevan returned to the Bay Area and began working for former Supervisor Susan Leal and as an aide to Mayor Willie Brown, heading the Office of Neighborhood Services. In 2002, Bevan was elected to represent District 8 on the Board of Supervisors, the same seat once held by Harvey Milk. He was re-elected in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, receiving the most votes of any supervisor.
Bevan gets the big picture -– by taking care of basic problems, San Francisco's next mayor can make a real difference in people’s lives. That’s why he’ll focus on things like working with parents on schools and improving city services like MUNI and street cleaning.
Bevan lives in the Lower Haight with his 4-year-old child, Sidney Maely Goldfader Dufty, who can often be found at his side at public events.