San Francisco Democratic Central County Committee
By Shaun Haines
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (12/15)- Shaun Haines, has pulled papers to seek one of the 17th Assembly District DCCC seats. A native San Franciscan who is African American, Haines in May was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and also sits on the LGBT advisory committee to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, Assemblyman David Chiu ‘s African American Advisory Committee & LGBT Advisory Committee . The race, now held during presidential election years, has traditionally drawn a long list of candidates, including of late a number of sitting supervisors. Apart from wielding influence in local politics, a DCCC seat can also be a launching pad for those interested in running for political office themselves one day.
Shaun Haines is also involved in, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition — BRC as a Project Manager at, is a Board Member on the Communications Committee of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and events coordinator and fundraiser for the Military American Legion / “ OneVet OneVoice”, was a contributing writer at the SF Bay Times Newspaper, is currently the Secretary at the District 5 Democratic Club, is an Executive Board Member of the Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club, is the Recording Secretary of SF Black Leadership Forum.
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When asked why he was running, Haines noted his interest in serving on the DCCC stems from his wanting to help diversify the Democratic Party and the city’s elected leadership. “It is something I have been trying to take a close look at… I want to use my personal experience to work on addressing that problem.”
Writing about the direction of the city, Haines has stated, “The city I love, and the people that make San Francisco a place to leave one’s heart, are going away. Where are we headed? Some of us, a prevailing minority, are “moving on up” and replacing the rest, a diminishing majority who are headed “down and out.” I’ve heard this problem labeled as an “affordability crisis.” Over the years, I have observed a jagged prosperity. This growth is rapidly reshaping our city, society, culture, politics and economy. My only hope is that this prosperity becomes more evenhandedly managed.
In the last several years, I have observed cyclical waves of exodus. At this time, I am observing my third, and perhaps most devastating, wave. These waves are eroding our city’s foundational culture, heritage and spirit. I have watched our loved ones being washed out by the imbalances present in our city’s evolution. Through this tidal action, deposited on our shores, are a lot of new people from all over the U.S. and abroad.
It is apparent to me, and many old long term residents, that the latest waves of people that are coming to San Francisco are not doing so for the same reasons as many of those who arrived during the last several decades. Most of the latter were seeking acceptance, opportunity and a place to build a home. They wished to engage in a common culture, and to connect with our accepting community. Now, there is little loyalty to, or preservation of, these important characteristics. Our differences are leading to clashes over policy and limited resources.
Furthermore, “The streets tell this story, for those willing to listen. Stenciled on the pavement in black ink is “5%”. This indicates the population of Blacks estimated to reside in the city. Also stenciled are words like “clusterf**k.” I feel that these, and other such statements, underscore the overwhelming consensus that we are in a predicament that will not be resolved easily. The streets are filled with many such references for those willing to take a moment to see, and to understand, what is happening in our world. Sadly, everybody is working so hard that few have time for community, art, local culture, or to become actively engaged with our common fight for survival.
The job and housing markets are over saturated, as are our social service systems. The cost of living and minimum wage are light-years apart. There are more exclusionary roadblocks to opportunity and prosperity than there are programs and incentives to ensure equality and a nondiscriminatory playing field.
As I reflect upon my own experiences, and interact with other residents, the general sentiment is that even while the city prospers, many things are becoming worse than ever before. The situation, in my option, is unsustainable. I find that we are all on the razor’s edge. I am uncertain of which side of the widening divide I will land. I’m facing the same hardships and misfortunes that are affecting countless others. I am hoping that we will work together to find the solutions to these problems….”
My name is Shaun Haines.
After years of organizing to bring awareness to important issues that impact all San Franciscans. It was time for me to take a bold step forward. I was born and raised in the great city and county of San Francisco. My community roots are deep within this city, so I fully understand San Francisco’s Democratic values. Our shared values include building strong families, providing a good education, creating new opportunities, and working to maintain and grow our city’s diversity.
My top priorities include:
- Restoring the Black Community
- Affordable Housing / Homelessness
- Quality Education
- Accountable Public Safety
For the past 10 years, I have dedicated myself to positively affecting our community in various positions of civic engagement and leadership. I have learned the importance of working collaboratively with diverse groups on key issues affecting San Franciscans:
• Government Transparency
• HIV Awareness and Education
• Human and Civil Rights
• Veteran’s Advocacy
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According to city planners, by 2040 San Francisco will need nearly 200,000 new jobs created and 100,000 more housing units. Therefore, San Francisco will need leaders who are prepared to address smart growth with practical and consensus-building approaches.
Best Regards, — Shaun Haines
Former Candidate for San Francisco Democratic Central Committee (Dist. 17)
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DCCC candidate Shaun Haines
Political Notebook: Race to oversee SF Democratic Party draws out candidates
In addition to the out incumbents planning to run, so far one gay candidate, Shaun Haines, has already pulled papers to seek one of the 17th Assembly District DCCC seats. A native San Franciscan who is African American, Haines in May was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and also sits on the LGBT advisory committee to the city’s Human Rights Commission.
Haines told the Bay Area Reporter his interest in serving on the DCCC stems from his wanting to help diversify the Democratic Party and the city’s elected leadership.
“It is something I have been trying to take a close look at,” said Haines, 37, an Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club member who serves on its board. “I want to use my personal experience to work on addressing that problem.”
DCCC candidate Shaun Haines
Photo: Haines for DCCC campaign
LGBT newcomers seek SF Dem Party posts
“For me, I noticed when I got politically active the lack of African-American male representation in elected officials in San Francisco,” noted Shaun Haines, 37, a gay black man who grew up in San Francisco, living in more than a dozen of the city’s neighborhoods.
“I think a lot of people are remarkably unaware of what the DCCC does,” said Haines.
A member of the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Haines is currently out of work and has instead focused on his DCCC bid. He has highlighted his sexual orientation and race as he has campaigned for the seat, and at times has had to defend his doing so.
“I believe that serving the community on the DCCC as a gay black would bring more awareness to a great many issues,” Haines recently wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel that an elected black male perspective is needed in our local Democratic Party leadership to address issues that impact everyone.”
by Matthew S. Bajko
Full Story: Election Slates Wield Powerful Influence
“One of the downsides of the slate strategy is that those who are not “insiders,” or are not on a slate, have a tremendous disadvantage. The sixteen DCCC candidates not on either the Progress or Reform slates have to really hustle. One candidate I have tremendous respect for is Shaun Haines, who did not end up on either slate but is working it every day. I see him actively seeking Democratic Club endorsements, doing visibility at transit stops, and getting his name and his story out there on social media. These candidates have to rely more on the Democratic Clubs to endorse them and include them in their club slates and mailers. In Shaun’s case, being highlighted on the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club slate will help him tremendously.”